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Friendly Avenue 
Baptist Church 

100 Years of Disciple ship 

1899-1999 

In Dedication 



Dr. A. L. Parker served as 
Pastor of FABC for just 
over 32 years, longer than 
most ministers of a Baptist 
church in this country. He 
gave up a medical career to 
preach the Gospel. 



Dr. A. L. Parker 



Rev. Austin Lovin grew up 
in this church and entered 
the ministry, where he 
served with Honor for over 
35 years. Rev. Lovin co- 
authored this history before 
his death on February 18, 
1999. 




Rev. Austin Lovin 



Co-Authors 

Rev. Austin Lovin 
Thomas B. Northington 

We are greatly appreciative of other members of the Historical Committee and the church 
staff for their contribution. It made possible the completion of the history of a once-tiny church 
that has grown into a magnificent reflection of God's word. 

The committee, other than the co-authors, consists of Alex and Lois Cheek, John Durham, 
Hazel Northington, Sara Parker, Newling Richey and Don Walker. 

One other person also played a major role in this book becoming more than just a dream. 
She's Linda Rapp who faithfully typed these pages into a computer. 

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Introduction ^^ 

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Rich Tradition ]^-^^ 



One hundred years. One hundred years of ministry and wit- 
nessing through times of struggle, difficulty and triumphs. One 
hundred years of sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ with the lost and unchurched. What a wonderful witness to 
the Grace and power of God. 

The legacy of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church in Greensboro 
is steeped in a rich tradition, transcending several generations and 
one that now has grown to 1,803 members from the original seven. 

It's a story that continues to unfold within a few miles of its 
sparse beginning, a church always striving to reach its full and 
unlimited potential. 

This church began as the South Elm Street Baptist Church. Two 
years later it re-located and became the Southside Baptist Church. 
Five years after that, it re-located again and became the Asheboro 
Street Baptist Church. 

Fifty-eight years later, it moved across town and became the 
Friendly Road Baptist Church. Less than ten years afterwards, the 
name of the street in front of it was changed and it became the 
Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, and that is what it has remained 
to this day. . ' 



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Asheboro Street 
Baptist Church 



1917 

Asheboro Street 




Whatever its name, this church has been blessed with a remark- 
able succession of able pastors who have had a vision of what God 
wanted this church to be. Each of them made an important contri- 
bution to the growth and success that this church has enjoyed 
throughout this past century. 

FABC has become known as one where the Bible is believed, 
taught and preached. Where the needs of its members have been 
ministered to in love, and where a zeal for world missions is 
backed up by generous gifts through the Cooperative Program and 
the various special offerings for missions. 

This is a church with humble beginnings that God blessed and 

continued on page 6 

Z. SMITH REYNOLDS UBRARY 3 
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSfTY 



Friendly Avenue 
Baptist Church 



1999 

4800 West Friendly Avenue 




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continued from page 3 

made into a strong, influential church, with a powerful witness for 
Him. It is our hope and prayer that God will continue to guide and 
to bless, and to use this church for His glory until Jesus comes. 

We are greatly indebted to Mrs. A. C. Lowe for the earlier his- 
tory of the church's first sixty-five years. Much of the information 
on the years 1899-1964 came from her writings. We also wish to 
thank members of the Historical Committee who have assisted me 
in gathering and writing this information. 

Special thanks are due to Dr. A. L. and Mrs. Sara Parker, who 
answered questions about events during their many years with the 
church. — Austin Lovin 



Church Staff 




Rev. Jack Morris 

Minister of Education 




Stephen Starnes 

Youth Ministries 




Rev. Maged Easily 

Internationals Minister 




Connie Hastings 

Music Associate/Organist 




Dr. Doris Henderson 

Outreach Director 




Jane Byrd 

Administrative Secretary 





Frank Justice 

Minister of Worship 




Denise Matthews 

Director WDLC 




Barbara MiUigan 

Receptionist/Secretary 



PhiUp Weatherbee 

Building Superintendent 



The Church Covenant 



Together in Christian Love 



"Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive 
the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of faith, 
having been baptized in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the 
Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this 
assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one 
another as one body in Christ. 

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk 
together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this 
church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperi- 
ty and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and 
doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the 
ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and 
the spread of the Gospel through all nations. 

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions, to reli- 
giously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and 
acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our 
dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deport- 
ment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; to abstain 
from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be 
zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior. 

continued on page 10 



.,,From the Pastor 



When I arrived in April 1995 to pastor Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, I made 
the comment that if I had known how beautiful Greensboro was I would have gotten 
here sooner I have learned that although Greensboro is one of North Carolina 's 
beautiful cities, the real beauty lies in the people who serve at Friendly Avenue. 

In 1996, the church embarked on a capital stewardship campaign to remodel the 
sanctuary, with 95% of the active membership participating. On January 24, 1999 we 
celebrated the dedication of the renovated sanctuary. I believe this was a catalyst to 
move the congregation forward into the new century. 

We are seeing our Mission Statement, "Bringing all people into a growing rela- 
tionship with Jesus Christ, " become a reality. The congregation continues to grow 
individually as well as corporately in the five areas of exaltation, evangelism, edu- 
cation, enlistment and edification. As we maintain our focus we will continue to see 
great and mighty things for the glory of God. 

Looking to the future, I believe the best days lie 
ahead for Friendly Avenue. We have been blessed 
with a dedicated staff that works sacrificially and 
enthusiastically in their respective areas of min- 
istry. There is a strong sense of unity and spiritual 
vitality on the part of the membership. 

The congregation is actively seeking ways to 
enhance their own spiritual growth and the use of 
their gifts and talents, as well as ways 
to develop those that God is sending 
to us. 

There is a great involvement in 
mission service not only on the local 
level, but international and national 
as well. God is calling out young 
and old to serve in mission 
endeavors. 

We are engaged in a process 
to upgrade and enhance the 
church 's facilities which will meet 
the needs of the growing congrega- 
tion in the years ahead. 

As we look back on 100 years, we 
give God the glory for the great things 
He has done at Friendly Avenue 
Baptist Church. Yet, we look to the 
future knowing that He IS our future. 
To Him be the glory both now and 
forevermore. ^ r^ ^ ^ 

Rev. Pat Cronin 




Where It All Started... 



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adapted from -a sheick 
t>i^ Mr. l.W.VERNOtJ 



In 1903 a small church building in the countryside was purchased and moved to a lot 
on East Whttington Street. The name of the church was changed to Southside Baptist. 
During the summer of 1906 this building was moved toAsheboro Street, and the church 
was renamed Asheboro Street Baptist Church. It's the heritage ofFABC. 

continued from page 8 

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to 
remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and dis- 
tress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling, and courtesy in 
speech, to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, 
and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay. 

We moreover engage that when we move from this place we will, 
as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry 
out the spirit of this Covenant, and the principles of God's Word." 



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Vacant Store Building 



A Humble Beginning 
1899 - 1949 



In June, 1897, Brethren Livingston Johnson, R. W. Brooks, W. H. 
Eller, and W. S. Kivett met in a vacant store building on South Elm 
Street and organized a Sunday School. W. F. Clarida was elected 
Superintendent, W. S. Kivett, Secretary. With songs of praise, earnest 
prayer and reading of the Scriptures a Sunday School was launched 
in South Greensboro. 

This was the humble beginning of what later would become a 
great church. 

Those present on that first day were Dr. Livingston Johnson, 
Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Rev. G. I. Merrill, Pastor of the 
Cherry Street Mission, Rev. Rufus Weaver, Mrs. P. G. Welch, Mr. 
Whitt R. Stone, Mrs. W. H. Matthews, and about seventy others. 
(Quoted from W. H. Eller) 

On July 2, 1899, four men and three women met in the Uttle store 
building and constituted a church. It was called the South Elm Street 
Baptist Church. There were seven charter members: C. H. Money, J. 
L. Stack, E. J. Jarvis, W. S. Kivett, Mrs. I. M. Hackney, Miss Katie 
Mahan, and Miss Fanny Mahan. On July 10th, the young church 
called Rev. J. A. Hackney as its first pastor. 

That little building the charter members met in later became 

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known as Manner's Grocery Store, and it was located on South Elm 
Street. The building was vacant when the seven met. Manner's Alley, 
where the church would later be moved, was situated between 
McCullough and Whttington Streets, about one block off Asheboro 
Street. 

Thus, with the help of the SBC Home Mission Board and with the 
guidance and blessing of God's Holy Spirit, the new church was con- 
stituted and began its ministry. 

In 1900 a small "country church building" was purchased and 
moved to a site on East Whittington Street, and the name of the 
church was changed to Southside Baptist Church. Rev. Hackney left 
in 1901, and he was followed by Rev. J. M. Hendley, who served 
until 1905. 

In January, 1906, Rev. Charles E. Maddry, who later became 
Corresponding Secretary for the Baptist State Convention of North 
Carolina, and, still later, the Executive Secretary of the Foreign 
Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention; was called as part- 
time pastor. 

That summer, the church building was moved again. This time it 
was moved to a lot facing Asheboro Street, and the church became 
the Asheboro Street Baptist Church. Rev. Maddry accepted a call to 
become full-time pastor of another church in November, 1906. 

The church then called Rev. A. C. Hamby as its full-time Pastor, 
and he served until the spring of 1908. Rev. W. F. Staley succeeded 
him and he served four years until 1912. The church grew under his 
ministry, and by 1911, an additional lot alongside the church was pur- 
chased, and a movement toward building a new and larger auditori- 
um was underway. 

In 1911, Brother D. M. Sullivan submitted plans for the new 
building to the church, and they were approved, and preparations for 
its construction were begun. 



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Early in 1912, Rev. Staley accepted a call to a church in Winston- 
Salem. The church then called Rev. R. R Walker of Littleton, NC. 
Soon after he arrived, pledges for the new building were taken and its 
construction was begun. Before he left in the fall of 1915, the build- 
ing was completed at a cost of about $10,000. 

Paid Off Debt 

When Rev. Raleigh White came as the new pastor in 1916, the 
church was still receiving help from the Home Mission Board. 
Church membership was small, and there was a building debt of 
about $3,600. Under Rev. White's leadership, the church grew steadi- 
ly in members, it no longer needed the help of the Home Mission 
Board, and it raised the pastor's salary and paid off the entire build- 
ing debt within two years. 

A Service of Dedication and Thanksgiving was held on 
Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1917. 

The original small frame building was moved to the rear of the 
auditorium and it was used for the Sunday School and Baptist Young 
Peoples Union for several years. The Sunday School was fully grad- 
ed, and a large percentage of its teachers held Normal Diplomas. 
Asheboro Street Baptist Church was on the move. 

Rev. White accepted a call to another church in 1920, and Rev. B. 
K. Mason was called to succeed him. He served the church from 
1920 to 1930. Soon after he came, a new educational building was 
added to provide more space for the growing Sunday School and the 
B.Y.RU. 

Mr. J.J. Meyers was Chairman of the Building Committee and 
D.M. Sullivan was the architect. The building was soon completed at 
a cost of about $18,000. 

About this same time, the church's first furnace was installed, 
giving everyone the comfort of central heat. The congregation had to 
rely upon funeral-home fans to cool the church from the summer's 
heat for many years. 



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During this period Mr. L.C. Satterfield and family gave the 
church a pipe organ as a memorial to Mrs. L. C. Satterfield. Mrs. 
H.H. Felder was called as the Church Organist, and she served faith- 
fully and well for 19 years. The church was also blessed with a fine 
volunteer choir. 

The Great Depression of the 1930s affected the church, along 
with everyone else, but with infinite faith and hope the church peo- 
ple continued to pray, plan and work. Rev. Mason left in 1930, and 
Rev. J. Lester Lane was called to succeed him. ASBC continued its 
usual pattern of growth under his able ministry, in spite of the 
Depression. 

He was followed in 1934 by Rev. J. Ben Eller. By this time, the 
building was becoming inadequate for the growing church's organi- 
zations. Plans for an additional educational building were drawn up. 
Mr. C.B. Hall gave the beautiful lot adjoining the church property as 
a memorial to his wife. 

Educational Building 

Under the wise leadership of Mr. M.D. Teague, Mr. U. A. 
Hedrick, and others, the new educational building was erected at a 
cost of about $20,000. The building loan was for twenty years, but 
the church paid it off in half that time. The building was dedicated 
debt-free in September, 1944. 

After that, Mr. Oscar B. Teague, Sr., Chairman of the Finance 
Committee, led the church to begin a building fund for future needs. 
By 1949, this fund had grown to $28,000. 

In 1938 Mr. Benyunes was added to the church staff as Orchestra 
Leader. Before he came, several of the young men helped to get an 
orchestra started. Among these were Ralph Todd, C. W. McLees, 
A.W. Greeson, Walton Moffitt, Grady Scott, Mr. and Mrs. C. Weldon 
Fields, and Judith Eller, who later became Mrs. J. R Freeman. 

The orchestra added greatly to the Young People's Programs, and 
the group was often invited to go to neighboring churches to help in 



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their programs. They went to several churches in both North Carolina 
and Virginia. During World War II, the group disbanded because most 
of its members were called into military service. 

In 1940, Vacation Bible Schools were introduced, a Church 
Bulletin was begun, and in 1941 a Church Office was opened with 
Mrs. A. C. Lowe as the part-time Church Secretary. 

Miss Sara Kanoy (now Mrs. A. L. Parker) came to the church dur- 
ing the summer of 1942 as a pioneer Educational Director. She served 
only during the three summer months. 

Here are excerpts from a letter written by Miss Sara Kanoy to Dr. 
A. L. Parker in 1942, while she was a summer youth worker at the 
Asheboro Street Baptist Church in Greensboro. Dr. Parker was com- 
pleting his Seminary work in Louisville, Ky. at the time 

Do you suppose the following letter^ written by Sara Kanoy, contributed to 
Dr. A. L. Parker later becoming pastor at Asheboro Street Baptist Church? 

"Yes, I think the more the children do, which is not practiced, 
makes the program better. Our commencement is next Friday. I've 
had a wonderful time with the children this week. My favorites are 
the twelve-year-old boys. We had fun together. 

Leroy, I wish you could have been with me this week. Everything 
was so wonderful. I'll never forget the Youth Week at Carlisle, but if it 
is possible, I believe this week meant even more to me. Maybe it was 
because I had a little more responsibility. I'm sending you the program 
so that you will have an idea about what we did. The pastor of the 
church was sick, so J.D. Hughey and I had charge of all activity. 

For the first time I've attempted to conduct forums. I really feel 
that they were successful. I fell in love with everyone of the interme- 
diates. We discussed more interesting things and I really believe they 
enjoyed it. They were such an inspiration to me. 

Every morning, even at the 7:00 a.m. service, we had about 30, 
and on Friday there were over 50 at the 5:30 a.m. service. The peo- 
ple were so nice to me. 



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Let me tell you what happened this morning. One of the little fif- 
teen-year-old boys wanted to sit by me at church. Before we went in 
he said, 'Miss Kanoy, please join our church, cause when you leave 
we won't have anyone to lead us.' I turned that off, and then when 
they were singing the invitation hymn he touched my arm and said, 
'Don't you feel like you ought to join our church, I think you should,' 
I don't think I've ever been so touched. He was sincere and sweet. 

One of the deacons told me today that they were going to try to 
increase their budget to include an Educational Director and that they 
hoped I would accept. Of course, they don't know when they could 
make these provisions. I appreciated their saying that so much, how- 
ever. 

Our Bible School meets every day next week and that will be 
about all the extra work I'll be doing. Except, I am going to talk to 
our cook's Missionary Society next Sunday afternoon. I'm looking 
forward to that. 

I'm trying to get my Young People's BYU and also the group I 
worked with last week to help in some black Bible Schools. I think it 
would mean much. 

I experienced something this week which I had no idea would be 
so hard. Those people at the church handed me $30.50 as a Thank and 
Love Offering for the work I had done this week. I had not realized 
before that I would really take money for doing something I loved 
and didn't consider work in the least. I really didn't deserve it and 
wanted to give it back because I thought I was just asked to help just 
like I would have been in my own church. The week was full of spir- 
itual fruits and I do think it was a success. 

It is almost time for BYU and I have to do some more studying 
for the opening assembly and also the program in the Union." 

Sara 

(Note: Sara later became Mrs. A. L. Parker.) 



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Miss Mabel Starnes was called on May, 1943, as the first full- 
time Educational Director. She was exceptionally gifted in her abili- 
ty to enlist and develop leaders. During her four years with the 
church, Adult Unions were added to the former B.Y.P.U., making it a 
fully departmentalized organization for all ages. 

Under her careful guidance. Miss Madeline Philips (later Mrs. A. 
C. O'Neal, Jr.) was the first North Carolina girl ever to win the 
Southwide Training Union Better Speakers Contest at Ridgecrest. 
This brought honor to ASBC. 

The Brotherhood, the youngest organization, was organized in 
1946. Mr. Earl Johnson was its first President. This organization gave 
a sound movie projector, costing $500, to the church. The 
Brotherhood also had a keen interest in World Missions. 

Miss Wilma Grass came to the church in June, 1948, as the new 
Educational Director for a one-year period. Miss Grass was interest- 
ed in all phases of the church's life. She was especially effective in 
working with the Young people. 

She also led in taking a census of the area around the church. 
Although ASBC members knew when she came that she would only 
be with us for a year, Miss Grass had won her way into the hearts of 
church people and her leaving was keenly felt. 

Church Members Ousted 

There was a period of time in early church history when church 
members were disciplined by the church for bad conduct outside the 
church. 

One member was asked to withdraw after being charged with dis- 
orderly conduct. This was in 1922. 

Another said, "I realize that I have sinned and I have asked God 
to forgive me. I hereby promise that with His help, I shall live a 
straight, pure life." The year was 1923. 

Still a third was requested to withdraw because of disorderly con- 



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duct in 1925. Another lost his membership for being drunk and dis- 
orderly in 1926. 

A church treasurer was dropped from membership for embezzling 
over $1,500 from church funds. Another was voted out after being 
convicted of highway robbery. 

This person was sentenced to the penitentiary. 

In 1934 church members approved a resolution protesting the 
holding of a business meeting by Sears, Roebuck & Company on a 
Sunday. This resolution was to be published in daily papers. 

Sunday School Prospers 

The Sunday School prospered under able leadership. Training 
courses were stressed, and it had outgrown its available space more 
than once, requiring the construction of additional buildings. 

The Extension Department of the Sunday School kept in touch 
with the sick and shut-ins of the church, keeping them informed 
about what was going on at church. 

From our congregation, God called many young men and women 
into His service. They were: Jerry Stanley, Bill Yates, Jack Martin, 
Johnny Chandler, Melinda Maness McMillan, Jean Jarvis Phillips, 
Lou Ann Davis Brisson, Burley Moore, Carol and Earl Belch, David 
Jones, Harold Smith, Larry Foster, Hal Roach, Martha Lou Cates 
Gaskins, Sue Andrews, Ester Jarvis Heilig, Frances Royal Martin, 
Carolyn Royal Bailey, Walton Moffitt, Austin Lovin, Carl Compton, 
George L. Williamson, Hoyle Allred, James Pegram, Thurman 
Allred, Tim Norman, Ray Chandler, Brian Teeter, Linda Elkins 
Harris, Martha Jane Mitchell and Rick Gibson. 

They became pastors, missionaries and choir directors, pastor's 
wives and denomination workers. 

Pastor Filer read his resignation on Sunday, June 12, 1949. No 
action was taken at this time. 



On Sunday, July 10, 1949, the church celebrated its 50th 
Anniversary. Rev. J. Lester Lane, a former pastor, preached for both 
the morning and evening services. His subject for the morning mes- 
sage was "This is the Day," and for the evening service, it was "The 
Rest of Your Life." 

Messages from former pastors were received. They were: Dr. 
Charles E. Maddry, Rev. B.K. Mason, and Rev. J. Lester Lane. There 
was also one from the pastor who was retiring. Rev. J. Ben Eller. 

Congratulatory messages were recorded from former members, 
Walton Moffitt of Watertown, NY, and Miss Martha Jane Mitchell of 
Raleigh, NC. There were letters also from interested friends: Rev. W. 
Perry Crough of Asheville; Rev. J. Clyde Turner, F. Orion Mixon and 
M.A. Huggins, all of Raleigh; R. R Downey, Salem, Va., C.C. 
Warren, Charlotte; H.G. Hammett, Durham; W.W. Barnes, Fort 
Worth, Tx.; Cameron D.L. Mosser, Westminster Presbyterian 
Church, Greensboro. 

Two Charter Members 

The church was filled to capacity for this special day, and many 
former members and interested friends were among those present. 
Only two charter members attended: Mr. J.C. Stack and Mr. E.J. 
Jarvis. The other five were deceased. 

The Altar flowers on this day were given by the church in loving 
memory of the noble and faithful men and women who had finished 
their work here on earth and had joined the ever increasing congre- 
gation above. A moment of silence was observed for them. 

On July 17, 1949, the church accepted, with regret, the resigna- 
tion of its Pastor, Rev. J. Ben Eller, to become effective in January, 
1950. Since it was Mr. Filer's intention to retire from the active min- 
istry at this time, he was asked by the church to continue to pastor, 
health permitting, until a new pastor could be called. 

Meanwhile, the church voted that a love gift of $3,000 be raised, 
and that the house at 2009 Colonial Avenue be purchased for a home 
for the Filers for as long as they lived. When he later accepted a call 

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as pastor of the Coats Baptist Church, Coats, NC, the house was sold 
and the $3,000 was given to the Ellers. 

A summation of the highUghts of Eller's 15 years of ministry 
would include the following: Under his leadership the church mem- 
bership grew from 800 to 1,302; the annual church budget increased 
from $8,000 to $29,000; plus a substantial amount in the Building 
Fund. All debts were paid off, and the Board of Deacons was 
enlarged from 12 to 21. 

Mrs. A.C. Lowe became the church's first Secretary. She worked 
part-time, and Miss Mabel Starnes later became the first full-time 
Educational Director. _ 

The church had assumed responsibility for contributing to the 
support of Dr. J. C. Powell, who, for many years had led in the orga- 
nization of new churches, and the construction of church buildings in 
Nigeria. Also, with Rev. Eller's encouragement, five men had gone 
out from the church to become preachers of the Gospel. 



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Laying of Corner Stone at Friendly Road Baptist Church In 1963 



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The Parker Years 

Mutual Love and Accomplishment 
1950-1982 



Rev. J. Ben Eller continued to serve as pastor until a new pastor 
was called. Several denominational leaders recommended Dr. A. L. 
Parker, who was then the pastor of the First Baptist Church, Honea- 
Path, SC. The Pulpit Committee visited him and heard him preach, 
and they were so impressed that they recommended him to the church. 

He was called, and he began his ministry with ASBC the first 
Sunday in March, 1950. Rev. Eller and his family moved to Coats, 
NC, where he became pastor of a Baptist church in the town. 

These years are called "The Parker Years" because Dr. Parker's 
ministry was remarkable, both from the standpoint of its length (32 
years), and also because of what was accomplished by the church 
under his leadership. 

In studying the history of the church during those years, two 
things have stood out above everything else: One was that a tremen- 
dous bond of mutual love between the Parkers and the church devel- 
oped almost from the beginning of his ministry, and continued to 
grow and be strengthened throughout their years with the church. 

The second was that Mrs. Sara Parker was far more than just the 
wife of the pastor. She complemented and supplemented her hus- 
band's ministry as a gifted and dedicated worker in the church, 
association, and state convention. 



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One of Dr. Parker's first duties was to conduct the funeral for 
"Uncle David," a black man who had served the church faithfully as 
a janitor for many years. He was loved by the congregation, and 
when he became too old to do the job of janitor, the church kept him 
on the payroll. He would ring the bell each Sunday morning, 
announcing that the worship service would soon begin. 

Generations of the church membership had known and loved him. 

The church had been without a paid Educational Director for one 
year, but Mr. J.J. Norwood had done an excellent job as the volunteer 
Superintendent of the Sunday School. At one time or another, he had 
held almost every leadership post in the church. 

During the summer of 1950, Mr. J.C. Hatfield was called as 
Minister of Education. He had earned the nickname, "The Texas 
Tornado" because of his abiUty to get things done quickly. 

Under the leadership of Dr. Parker and Mr. Hatfield, the Sunday 
School and the church membership increased in numbers steadily 
until it became clear that more space was needed. On November 19, 
a Committee was appointed to bring recommendations for a new edu- 
cational building. 

In August, the church took up a supplementary offering for the 
Cooperative Program. This was in addition to the church's regular 
contribution to that Program. Offerings for the fourth quarter (Oct. - 
Dec.) totaled $16,819.79, and the Building Fund, which Oscar B. 
Teague, Sr. had led the church to establish, had grown to $35,705. 

1951 

A church-wide visitation was conducted on January 9. On 
January 22, Dr. Charles Howard was the speaker for the Brotherhood 
meeting. Dr. Parker urged the men to support this meeting. On March 
4, the Parker's first Anniversary, there were 731 in Sunday School on 
a rainy day, and 234 in Training Union. The auditorium was packed 
for the morning service. 



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Mrs. A. C. Lowe, teacher oF the Lottie Moon Sunday School 
Class, wrote that she had 67 present in her class that day, although the 
classroom was designed for only 27. She said it was mighty crowded. 

Budget offerings fell $60.00 short of budget needs for the first 
time that year on May 20. The church's 52nd Anniversary was cele- 
brated on July 11, with former pastor. Rev. J. Ben Eller, as the guest 
preacher. 

The BIG EVENT FOR 1951 was the Billy Graham Crusade in 
the fall. Dr. Parker was elected Chairman of the Crusade Committee, 
and they enlisted about 150 churches of all denominations in support 
of the Crusade. Months of prayer meetings, and other preparations 
preceded the event itself. 

A "tabernacle" was erected on the site of the present-day colise- 
um, with a seating capacity of 10,000. The sides were hinged, so they 
could be opened to allow the overflow crowds to see and hear the 
speaker. 

About 300 members of Asheboro Street Baptist Church attended 
the meetings. It was originally scheduled to run for four weeks, but 
the response was so strong that it continued for an additional two 
weeks, with hundreds of professions of faith in Christ as Savior. 

Billy Graham was only 33 years old then, and he had a soloist by 
the name of George Beverly Shea. Also song leader Cliff Barrows. 
They have since become household names and are still active, near- 
ly fifty years later, as these words are written in 1998. 

Dr. Parker kept track of all who filled out cards for the crusade 
and he reported later that the Asheboro Street Baptist Church 
received 100 new members from the Crusade. Many other local 
churches also benefited in the same way. 

This was the biggest event of its kind in the history of 
Greensboro. It also helped make Billy Graham famous on a national 
scale. God's Hand was clearly upon him. 



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The Proposed Budget for 1952 was $68,776, including the pas- 
tor's salary, of $5,720, plus $500 for car expenses. An average of 
$1,323 per week would be needed to meet it. 

When the Korean War began. Tommy Weisner headed a ministry 
to soldiers, including several from ASBC. The church was open each 
night during the week to provide hospitality and recreation for soldiers. 

1952 

Mr. Hatfield resigned as Minister of Education in January. Mrs. 
A.C. Lowe resigned as part-time Secretary after over 10 years of 
faithful service. Miss Ruth Mahala became the church's first full- 
time Secretary. A strong visitation program, special revival services, 
and periodic censuses of the community, enabled the church and all 
its organizations to grow steadily. 

The deacons recommended that an additional educational build- 
ing be built, along with a new auditorium, not to cost more than 
$200,000. Construction on a new educational building was soon 
begun, and approximately $55,000 was raised to help pay for it dur- 
ing the year. 

By the end of Dr. Parker's second year, church membership had 
grown from 1,302 to 1,535. Sunday School attendance had grown 
from less than 500 to over 700, and the Budget had increased from 
$600 a week to over $1,400. 

There had been 150 baptisms during those two years. On Easter 
Sunday, two morning services were held for the first time to accom- 
modate the crowds. 

Mr. Howard Foshee was called as Minister of Education in 
September. A budget of $73,809 was adopted for 1953. This was the 
largest in the church's history. A house next to the church was pur- 
chased and turned into "Baby land," complete with a new furnace. 
This was needed to care for the growing number of babies. 



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1953 

The new educational building was completed in February, and all 
of the other classrooms were repainted. An "Open House" was held 
to let people see it all. Later, two houses on Asheboro Street were 
purchased for educational use. The Adult 3 Sunday School 
Department came into being in one of those houses. 

Dr. Parker believed strongly in missions, and he and the other 
leaders emphasized it. That fall, the church took a giant step of faith 
and adopted a 50-50 Budget for 1954. Fifty percent was for local 
expenses, and the other fifty percent was for missions. This brought 
words of commendation to the church from many state convention 
leaders and prominent pastors. The total Budget was $88,452. 

The church voted to require all new converts to take the New 
Members Orientation before being baptized. 

The Lottie moon Christmas Offering for Foreign Missions goal 
that year was $2,500 and the church reached this goal. Total mem- 
bership rose to 1,600 and Sunday School enrollment was 1,248. 

Dr. Parker was elected Moderator of the Piedmont Baptist 
Association at its Annual Meeting that fall. 

1954 

On April 22nd the church voted unanimously to send Dr. Parker 
to the Baptist World Alliance meeting in London in 1955. In addition, 
he was to tour several countries in Europe and to visit the Holy Land. 
This was later expanded to include Mrs. Sara Parker also. The church 
raised about $4,500 for this trip. 

This was a beautiful outpouring of love and appreciation by the 
church for its pastor. Dr. and Mrs. Parker were deeply grateful, and 
thanked the church for its generosity. 

Mr. Jimmy Morgan, State Training Union Director, wrote the 
church in November, congratulating it on having led the state in 
Training Union Awards, with a total of 512. This placed them in 10th 



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place for the entire Southern Baptist Convention. 

In 1954, the church ranked 13th in the State in Cooperative 
Program gifts, with $24,527. 

1955 

Dr. Parker started a radio program, teaching the Sunday School 
lessons on station WGBG. It was primarily intended for hospitals, 
nursing homes, jails, etc., where people were unable to attend church. 
He continued this ministry as long as he was the pastor at FABC. 

Before the Parkers left on their trip to the Baptist World Alliance, 
Europe and the Holy Land, Dr. Parker thanked the church yet again 
for doing this very fine thing. He reported that they would visit 
Belgium, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, 
Palestine, Scotland, Switzerland and Syria. They sailed across the 
Atlantic on the Queen EHzabeth, the largest ship afloat at the time. 

Howard Foshee, the Minister of Education since 1952, resigned 
to go to Durham, N.C. and later to the Baptist Sunday School Board, 
in Nashville, TN., where he would serve for many years. 

Mr. Nolan Johnston was called as the new Minister of Education in 
May. He served the church in this capacity for five and one-half years. 

On November 9, the church voted approval of starting a mission 
across town. The community around Asheboro Street had been 
changing for several years, and a number of church members had 
already moved to the northwest part of Greensboro. 

The 1955 Budget for nearly $90,000 was adopted, and Dr. Parker 
was re-elected as Moderator of the Association. 

1956 

The new mission church was started March 11, with 135 mem- 
bers from Asheboro Street. They met in the Brooks Elementary 
School. The worship hours for the church and the mission were stag- 
gered so Dr. Parker could preach for both congregations. 



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He pastored both the church and the mission until the mission 
became the Parkway Baptist Church, and called its own pastor. 

A lot on Benjamin Parkway was purchased on May 23. The mis- 
sion grew and prospered under Dr. Parker's leadership. 

The 1956 Budget was $91,766 and the pastor's salary was $7,800. 

1957 

The Parker's' Seventh Anniversary was celebrated in February, 
with expressions of love and appreciation from several of the 
church's leaders. These were printed in the Announcer. 

On March 20, construction was begun on the first unit building 
for the Parkway Baptist Mission. The church sold $150,000 worth of 
bonds, at 5% interest, to pay for the building. This building received 
recognition for its excellent design. 

Miss Ruth Mahala resigned as Church Secretary, and she was 
succeeded by Rebecca Brafford. 

A trip to the Billy Graham Crusade, which was being held in 
Yankee Stadium, in New York City, was offered to ASBC people. The 
round-trip ticket on the train, plus two nights in New York City, and 
Saturday morning breakfast with some of the Billy Graham team cost 
only $52.00. Several members made the trip. 

Dr. Parker was elected President of the Baptist State Convention 
of North Carolina at its Annual Meeting in November. Previously, he 
had been Vice-President of the State Convention, and he also served 
on the General and Executive Boards of the State Convention. 

The Proposed Budget for 1958 was $127,526. 

1958 

On Sunday, February 2, the Parkway Baptist Mission of the 
Asheboro Street Baptist Church met for the first time in its new build- 
ing on Benjamin Parkway. There were 369 in Sunday School and over 



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400 in the morning worship service. A sum of $170,000 had been 
approved to pay for the building. The lot had cost $30,000. 

Dr. Parker was elected President of the State Convention for a 
second year in 1958. 

On December 31, Asheboro Street Baptist Church granted 352 
letters to members wanting to be a part of the Parkway Baptist 
Church, which was constituted on that day. This is believed to be the 
largest number of letters ever granted by a Baptist Church in North 
Carolina at one time to start a new church. 

Training Unions at ASBC and its mission church. Parkway, 
engaged in a friendly rivalry to see which had the greatest number 
enrolled in Training Union. 

The WINNER: A tie at 254 each. 

Though a big snow covered the ground on Feb. 13, Sunday ser- 
vice at Asheboro Street was held. Later in the year well-known and 
popular Dr. Clyde Turner led the church revival in April. 

A new class for married young couples was started at ASBC, and 
a large number attended from the beginning. 

1959 

The Parkway Baptist Church called Rev. Eugene Deese as its first 
pastor. He was 38 years old at that time and he began his ministry 
March 1. 

The Asheboro Street Baptist Church reached its peak in 1959. 
Changes in the community forced the church to begin thinking about 
relocating, as several other churches near them had already done, or 
would be doing in the near future. 

Pledges were taken for an Improvement Fund of $15,000, to take 
care of some necessary repairs to the church plant. 

Mr. J.C. Stack, the last surviving charter member of the church, 
died this year. 



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Church Secretary 

Miss Jane Edwards became the Church Secretary in August. She 
has served faithfully and well. She is now Mrs. Jane Byrd and is the 
Administrative Secretary. Mrs. Byrd will complete forty years as a 
member of the church staff in the late 1990s. 

This has been Mrs. Byrd's only job once she completed a busi- 
ness course at Mars Hill. "After college an opportunity cam.e up at 
Parkway Baptist Church," she said. "However, before I was sched- 
uled to begin there. Dr. Parker asked if I would be interested in a tem- 
porary job at Asheboro Street Baptist Church. The year was 1959. 

"The secretary there was going on maternity leave and Dr. Parker 
wanted me to fill in while she was absent." The lady never returned 
and Mrs. Byrd has been the church secretary ever since. 

"I have a few years to go," she said, in December of 1998. Then 
it will be a well-earned retirement. 

Mrs. Byrd admits there have been some hectic days over the 
years, but overall "it's been a rewarding experience. Probably the 
most traumatic time for me occurred during the church's move from 
Asheboro Street to its present location," she said. 

"A lot of people were not for it at the time but others were mov- 
ing to different parts of the city and it became necessary for the 
church to be relocated." 

You might say Mrs. Byrd is the "nerve center" of FABC. 

Asked to describe her responsibilities, she said they cover three 
broad areas— finance, office manager and assistant to the ministers. 

One Assistant 

On occasions there have been two full-time assistants. Now, in 
1998, only one is employed. But Mrs. Byrd is quick to add numerous 
volunteers help out at times, especially in answering the phone. 

She paused, then added, "I feel like tossing the telephone out 

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occasionally. There are lots of business matters to take care of," Mrs. 
Byrd said. These include financial, maintaining a master church cal- 
endar and trying to make sure the ministerial staff keeps all appoint- 
ments. 

"Every day is different and there's seldom a dull moment. One of 

the most pleasant aspects of this job is the privilege of giving away 

r thousands of dollars to missions, both on the local and international 



scene. 

Over the years Mrs. Byrd has witnessed a vast technology trans- 
formation in her daily routine. "For a long time we did not have a 
computer system, now I have three terminals in my office, and I use 
all of them." 

She has served under four full-time ministers, beginning with Dr. 
Parker in 1959. "They all have different leadership styles," said Mrs. 
Byrd. 

As to the present pastor, the Rev. Pat Cronin, she said, "Pastor Pat 
likes to get things done. He's not one to put things on the back burn- 
er for long. And he's very helpful in our day-to-day work." 

Like in any job there have been humorous moments. "One late 
afternoon I heard some noise in the sanctuary," said Mrs. Byrd. 
"When I went to investigate, I found several children had climbed 
over the glass barrier shielding the baptismal pool and they had fall- 
en in. Fortunately, no one was injured." 

On another day one little boy, trying to extract a cola from the 
Coke machine, got his hand caught in the machine and was not able 
to get it out. He had put his money in without receiving a drink. 

"I had to call the Fire Department to free him," said Mrs. Byrd. 
And there was the time late one day when the secretary entered the 
Pastor's office. With the lights turned off and the office nearly dark, 
Mrs. Byrd tripped over something near a small sofa. 

The "something" she tripped over were Pastor Pat's feet draped 



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over the end of the sofa. "Oh, I didn't reahze you were in here," an 
embarrassed Mrs. Byrd said to the pastor. 

"When I opened the door to the office it was too dark to see much 
of anything." As Mrs. Byrd said earher, there are few dull moments 
in her busy schedule at FABC. 

Final Message 

Dr. Parker's final message as President to the Baptist State 
Convention in the fall of 1959 was so outstanding that the 
Convention passed a resolution relating to his message and asked him 
to present it to the Southern Baptist Convention in 1960. 

The heart of Dr. Parker's message was a challenge to Southern 
Baptists to carry the Gospel message to everyone on the face of the 
earth during this generation. (A copy of this resolution is included 
after this year's account.) He presented the resolution to the 1960 
Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Miami Beach, FL, and it 
became the inspiration for Southern Baptist' greatest mission pro- 
gram. It was called "Bold Mission Thrust." 

A Resolution Concerning A New Movement To Preach The 
Gospel To Every Creature During This Generation 

Whereas our world population has now reached the astounding 
figure of two and three-fourths billion people, with sixteen new babies 
being born every ten seconds, and more than five thousand every 
hour, and: 

Whereas we know that at the present rate of evangelization it 
would take 200 years to win the present world population to Christ, 
without regard to those being born, and: 

Whereas we know that only one out of three of those now on the 
face of the earth make any profession of faith in Christ as their per- 
sonal Savior, and: 

Whereas we know that atheistic communism has reached out to put 
its bhghting influence over 900 million of lives during the last 40 years, 
and: 

Whereas we are a Bible believing people and our present world 



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situation demands that we more seriously consider our Lord's com- 
mand to "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every crea- 
ture." 

We, the North Carolina Baptist State Convention in our one hun- 
dred and twenty-ninth session at Greensboro, North Carolina do 
hereby resolve: 

(1) That we first dedicate ourselves to a new and more earnest 
effort to see that every soul on the face of the earth has a chance to 
hear the Gospel of Salvation at least one time during our generation. 

(2) That we make a new appraisal of our stewardship of our 
Lord's money with regard to the amount we are using locally and the 
amount we are giving to preach the Gospel to every creature; 

(3) That we call on the Home Mission Board, the Foreign Mission 
Board, the Sunday School Board, Baptist Student Unions, and every 
other agency of our denomination to search out ways and means of 
implementing this worthy objective. 

(4) That our Foreign Mission Board be asked to consider ways 
and means of working to this goal in a similar pattern to that being 
used to advance the Home Mission Board's Thirty Thousand 
Movement; 

(5) That we realize our inability to do this task alone, and use 
every means available to encourage every other evangelical denomi- 
nation in our nation and world to give themselves to this worthy goal. 

(6) That we express our deep appreciation to President A.L. 
Parker for laying this tremendous challenge to world wide witness 
upon the heart of our Convention, and that we earnestly request him 
to personally take and present this resolution to the Southern Baptist 
Convention at its 1960 session in Miami Beach, Fl. 



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Tenth Anniversary 

New Parsonage, New Home 
1960 



Sunday, March 6, the church celebrated the Parker's Tenth 
Anniversary with the church. A picture of the Parker family was in The 
Announcer that week, along with some words of appreciation and joy 
from Dr. Parker for the support he had received during those ten years. 

Statements of appreciation for Dr. Parker and his leadership by 
Nolan Johnston (Speaking for the staff); Mrs. C.B. Haskins, WMU 
President; R. L. Butchart, Brotherhood President; Mr. and Mrs. 
Weldon Fields (Music); Newling Richey, Training Union Director; 
John B. Mims, Finance Committee Chairman; and Jimmy Wills, 
Chairman of Deacons, were also included. 

A new oil-fired heating plant was installed in the main building. 
No more having to go down and shovel coal to keep it going. It was 
completely automatic in its operation. 

Dr. and Mrs. Parker attended the Southern Baptist Convention in 
Miami Beach that year, and he presented the resolution passed by the 
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, challenging Southern 
Baptists, with the help of other evangelicals, to try to carry the 
Gospel to every person on the globe by the year 2,000. The resolu- 
tion was approved on the last day of the Convention. 

Dr. Parker wrote that the room that he and Sara had at the 
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Convention cost only $12.36 because it was Miami's off season. 
During the winter months the same room would have cost $55 a day. 

In October, Dr. Parker was one of three pastors from North 
Carolina who went to Anchorage, Alaska, to preach in simultaneous 
revivals. 

The proposed budget for 1961 was $90,470. Plans had been 
drawn up for a new auditorium, capable of seating 1,100 people, but 
with the changing community, the plans were never used. 

A new parsonage was purchased on West Market Street at a cost of 
$26,500. The Parkers would live there for the next thirty-eight years. 

1961 

By now it had become clear that if the church remained at its pre- 
sent location on Asheboro Street that it would decline in membership, 
rather than continue to grow. The community was changing rapidly 
and 90% of the church members had already moved to other parts of 
the city. With this in mind, the church began preparations for a move 
across town. 

After a study was made concerning the future of Asheboro Street 
Baptist Church, a committee was appointed to seek a site for moving 
the church. Just before it was ready to report. Dr. Claude Bowen, pas- 
tor of First Baptist Church, called to ask the committee to meet with 
a committee of the First Baptist Church. 

The Greensboro First Baptist Church offered to give 
Asheboro Street Baptist Church a lot it had purchased some time ear- 
lier, with a view of starting a new church there in the future. The lot 
was on the corner of West Friendly and Westridge Roads in 
Northwest Greensboro. 

The First Baptist Church had paid $65,000 for the property, but it 
was worth $100,000 at the time it was offered. 

This took place and the two committees agreed to present a plan 
to both churches. 



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The deal was closed over the telephone on a Sunday morning dur- 
ing services at both churches. 

Asheboro Street Baptist Church voted to accept this generous 
offer on December 3, 1961. The agreement was that Asheboro Street 
Baptist Church would build a permanent Sanctuary which would be 
complementary to other buildings in the community. 

Also, there should be an Educational Building large enough to 
accommodate the membership. It was also stipulated that if the 
church ever ceased being a Southern Baptist Church, the property 
would revert back to the First Baptist Church of Greensboro. 

This was later amended by both churches whereby the property 
would belong to Asheboro Street Baptist (later FABC) without any 
restrictions. 

With the acceptance of the property on Friendly Road, prepara- 
tions for a move took on more urgency and clarity. From then on, 
things moved steadily toward relocation. 

Earlier in the year, Mrs. Sara Parker had been elected State WMU 
President. 

1962 

A Building Committee was elected and pledges to the Building 
Fund were begun. By September, $50,000 had been pledged. 
Architects were asked to draw up plans for a church building that 
would seat 600 in the sanctuary, plus 50 more in the choir, with room 
for 700 in the educational facilities. 

Note: According to Dr. Parker, the Asheboro Street Baptist 
Church began having a 50-50 budget the second year of his ministry 
with the church. He said that they continued this until the Parkway 
Baptist Church was organized (1959). 

Both churches tried to have a 50-50 budget that year, but had to 
abandon it because of the pressure of mounting local expenses. For 
about eight years, Asheboro Street was one of only six churches in 



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the state that gave 50% for local expenses and 50% for missions. 

1963 

Plans were approved and construction was begun on a new 
church building to cost an estimated $580,000 on April 4. The sanc- 
tuary was to seat 600, plus 50 in the choir, and the educational facil- 
ities were to have room for up to 700 persons in them. 

On April 28, the church had a Groundbreaking Ceremony on the 
new property. This involved the pastor and most of the lay leadership, 
with a large group of members present as onlookers. 

The church sold $50,000 in bonds at 6% interest. 

Rev. D.P. McFarland, Executive Secretary of the Christian Action 
League, was the evangelist for the Spring Revival, April 21-28. 

A Committee, headed by Don Walker, was elected and asked to 
recommend a name for the church at its new location. The Committee 
brought two names, "The Friendly Road Baptist Church," and "The 
Friendly Ridge Baptist Church." The vote was very close, but the 
name, "Friendly Road Baptist Church" won out by seven votes. 

Edward Bailey resigned as Minister of Education to become the 
pastor of a church in Georgia after only a few months at FABC. 

The Church accepted with regret the resignation of Mr. R. L. 
Butchart as Sunday School Superintendent. Having lost his wife he 
needed more time to be with his young children. The Church owed a 
debt of gratitude to Mr. Butchart and to Mr. Newling Richey, as they 
have led the Sunday School and Training Union in the absence of a 
Minister of Education. 

These fine young men literally lived at the Church during the 
early 1960's and led in the promotion of the educational program. 
They assumed much of the work of the Educational Director after the 
resignation of Mr. Nolan Johnston in 1960. By vote of the Church Mr. 
Richey served four years on the Board of Deacons instead of the usual 
three-year term. He was Chairman of the Board all of those years. 



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Both young men are active and admired laymen completely sold 
on the entire Church program. Both have accepted important posi- 
tions of responsibility and service and have been an inspiration to 
both the Pastor and Church. 

1964 

Dr. Parker's 15th Anniversary as Pastor was celebrated in March 
at the Asheboro Street site. During those years, twenty young people 
had committed themselves to full-time Christian service. Ray 
Chandler and Doyle Moore had been ordained into the Gospel min- 
istry. 

The BIG NEWS for this year was the completion of the new 
church building on West Friendly Road and the moving of the church 
from Asheboro Street to its new location across town. 

The last service on Asheboro Street was held on Sunday, May 31. 
The church had agreed to provide a place of worship for South 
Greensboro members as long as it was needed. About twenty-two 
members remained at the Asheboro Street site, and they continued to 
have services for several years. 

There were 36 persons present for their first Sunday after the rest 
of the. church had moved. 

A major project related to the relocation was the moving of the 
organ. It had to be carefully disassembled and crated for the move to 
the new church building. There it had to be just as carefully re-assem- 
bled and restored to its proper working order. 

It was a difficult and time-consuming job, but it was accom- 
plished. A new pulpit, designed to match the decor of the pulpit area, 
was given to the church in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Parker. 

The first Sunday worship service in the new building was one that 
would be long remembered. The crowd was so great that chairs were 
placed in the aisles, across the back of the sanctuary, and even a few 
in the vestibule. Many sat in chairs in the balcony, since pews and ris- 
ers had not yet been installed there. 

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There were 720 persons present - the largest worship attendance 
in the history of the church at that time. The altar flowers were given 
in loving memory of Jack R. Coble, by his wife and sons, and by the 
husband and daughters of Mrs. J. Henry Moore, in memory of their 
wife and mother. 

During the early part of the service. Dr. Claude Bo wen, pastor of 
the First Baptist Church, brought greetings and spoke about the lot on 
which the new building had been built. It had been given to Asheboro 
Street Baptist Church by the First Baptist Church. He also recognized 
Judge York, Mr. Lewis Burroughs, Mr. Al Lineberry, and Mr. U.A. 
Hedrick, members of First Baptist, who had been involved in the 
transition of the property from their church to ASBC. 

Dr. Parker recognized former pastors and staff workers who were 
either present, or had sent written congratulations to the church. They 
were: Rev. J. Lester Lane, Rev J. Ben Filer, Miss Mabel Starnes, Mrs. 
A.C. Lowe, Mr. J.C. Hatfield, Mr. Howard Foshee, Mr. Nolan 
Johnston and Mrs. Ruth Mahala Walke. 

Teague Presides 

Mr. Oscar B. Teague, Sr. presided over the next part of the ser- 
vice. He presented the Chairmen of the various sub-committees of 
the Building Committee, and they, in turn, presented the members of 
their sub-committees. There were so many that they were lined up 
across the front of the sanctuary and also part-way down the sides. 

After recognizing the Architect, Electrician, and Builder, Mr. 
Teague made the following statement: 

"The people that I have just recognized have put thousands of 
man hours into the construction of this new church building. 
Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been poured into the mortar 
and brick of this new building by the church members. God has pro- 
vided us with the most beautiful and the most efficient Church 
Building in North Carolina. 

With this great Church Building goes the responsibility of each 



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church member to use this building to proclaim the Good News of 
Jesus Christ. The construction work of this building is finished, but 
the great work of Friendly Road Baptist Church has JUST BEGUN. 

Let us set an immediate goal for 600 in Sunday School, with a 
weekly budget of $2,500. This church in the past has always been a 
strong church, interested in missions. Let us set the goal that within 
three or four years we will again have a 50-50 budget." 

Mr. R. L. Butchart, Chairman of the Planning Committee, made 
brief comments, after which Dr. Parker brought the message of the 
hour. His subject was, "The Individual and His Church," and his text 
was Matthew 16:18. 

The Young Peoples Choir rendered special music on this day, and 
following the benediction by the Pastor, the congregation adjourned 
to the front steps of the church for the laying of the Cornerstone. 

An Open House was held on Sunday, June 21, for members and 
others in the community, so that they might come and view the new 
facilities. One man commented that it was one of the few new church 
buildings that looked like a church. 

Several things were left undone in the new facilities because of the 
cost. Among these were equipment for the kitchen, risers and pews for 
the balcony, and a steeple for the roof of the church. These were all 
added later. 

There were letters of congratulations from Rev. J. Lester Lane; 
Rev. J. Ben Eller; Miss Mabel Starnes; Rev. Tom Freeman, Pastor of 
the First Baptist Church, Dunn, NC; Rev. William Varker, Pastor of 
the Westminster Presbyterian Church; Mr. and Mrs. Ike Fessmire; 
Rev. Wilson Stewart and the Parkway Baptist Church; Marse Grant, 
Editor of the BIBLICAL RECORDER; and Mr. J. Roberts. 

There were also verbal greetings from J.C. Hatfield, Howard Foshee, 
Nolan Johnston, Mrs. Ruth Mahala Walke, Bill Wilson, WA. Duncan, 
Director of Missions for the Piedmont Baptist Association, Rev. Jack 
Roe, Pastor of the Magnolia Street Baptist Church, and many others. 



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Mr. Robert Stewart was called as the new Minister of Education 
in August. During the several years he was with the church, he had a 
strong impact upon FABC, and its educational program. 

The 1965 Budget was 90% pledged on Commitment Day in 
November. 

1965 

During the winter of 1965 there were Sundays when the weather 
was extremely bad, but the Sunday services of the church were never 
canceled. 

Dr. Parker's 16th Anniversary as Pastor was celebrated on 
Sunday, March 4. Several of the church's leaders paid tribute to the 
Parkers' inspiring leadership throughout those sixteen years, and a 
check for trading cars was given to him. 

Also in March, Mrs. Sara Parker completed five years as 
President of the State WMU. 

The church parking lot was paved this year. Mr. Oscar B. Teague, 
Sr., who had been one of the church's key leaders for many years, 
died. He had been especially helpful during the years leading up to 
and including the move from Asheboro Street to Friendly Road. One 
of his sons, Johnny Teague, was elected to succeed him as Chairman 
of the Finance Committee. 

The funeral for Mr. Teague was the first one to be held at the new 
location on Friendly Road. A large gathering attended the services, 
which were conducted by Dr. Parker. 

The 50-voice choir of the Greensboro Oratorio Society presented 
"Elijah" on Sunday evening. May 16. The choir was directed by Mr. 
Don Trexler. 

On Sunday afternoon, June 6, 1965, the sealing of the 
Cornerstone took place. Mr. Don Walker, Chairman of the Deacons, 
read Psalm 127 and I Corinthians 3:10, 11, and then led in prayer. The 
Pastor then recognized Mr. A.J. Hewitt, Contractor and Mr. Jack 



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Wakefield, Assistant Contractor. James Mims, substituting for his 
father, Mr. J.B. Mims, read the Ust of old items going into the 
Cornerstone. Mr. Preston Smith read the list of new items to be 
enclosed in it. Mr. Newling Richey, past Chairman of Deacons, led in 
the closing prayer. 

Articles placed in the Cornerstone were: The membership roll of 
the church, a Bible, a copy of the Associational Minutes, a copy of 
the Southern Baptist Convention Annual, resolutions pertaining to 
the erection of the building, a copy of the Announcer, the church 
paper, the names of the members of the Building committee, contents 
from the Cornerstone of the Asheboro Street Baptist Church audito- 
rium, and a proof set given by Rev. A. D. Foster, Pastor, Bethel 
Church of the Nazarene. 

Also included in the Cornerstone was a gold $5 U.S. coin, dated 
1899, which was the year this church began. John Durham donated 
the treasured piece. 

"I know it's in there because I put it in myself," said the long-time 
member and Sunday School teacher. 

Dr. Parker, always firm in his beliefs, led the fight against a vote 
for Liquor by the Drink. 

1966 

The Woman's Missionary Union had a tea in March to honor Mrs. 
Sara Parker, who had just completed five years as President of the 
State WMU. The tea was held in the Fellowship Hall of the church 
from 2-5 p.m. 

Special guests for the tea were Miriam Robinson of Raleigh, 
Executive Secretary of the State WMU; Miss Kathryn Bullard of 
Raleigh, State WMU Director; and Mrs. Samuel G. Wilson, President 
of the Piedmont Baptist Association WMU. 

The church bought an A.B. Dick 360 Printing Press, so that most 
of the printing could be done "in house" by the church office staff. 
Boy Scout Troop 104 was chartered in 1966, with the intention that 

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it would use church facihties and grounds for its meetings. It was not 
actually activated until the following year, however. 

The church voted to begin preparations for a new Educational 
Building, which would have two stories and provide additional space 
for the Sunday School and the growing Weekday Learning Center. 
Johnny Teague was Chairman of the Building Committee. 

The interior of the parsonage on West Market Street was com- 
pletely repainted, and the Parkers thanked the church for the excel- 
lent job that was done. 

In August, 1966, the church received a letter of thanks from the 
group who had been meeting in the former church building on 
Asheboro Street. They had decided to disband. Below are excerpts 
from a letter received by Mr. Don Walker, past Chairman of Deacons, 
from the Asheboro Street Baptist Chapel group: 

"As of August 2, 1966, we as a group of members of the Friendly 
Road Baptist Church, and the neighborhood group who have attend- 
ed the services at Asheboro Street Baptist Chapel, wish to express 

appreciation for the use of the old church site We feel that we have 

accomplished our mission, and the ones who have attended have 
received many blessings. The Lord has been gracious to us in many 
ways. The most inspiring fellowship and devotion have been experi- 
enced in each service, and it has been well worth every effort that has 
been put forth." 

Sincerely, 
Asheboro Street Baptist Chapel 

1967 

Under the capable direction of Mr. Peter S. Green, Boy Scout 
Troop 104 was organized in January. There were only five boys at 
the beginning, but it grew rapidly until there were an average of 16. 
The Troop was sponsored by the church, and with dedicated men of 
the church working on the Scout Committee, the Troop flourished 
and grew. 



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A church pictorial directory was authorized, with School Pictures, 
Inc., taking the pictures. 

The church approved a new requirement for membership. 
Previously, only new converts were required to take New Member 
Orientation classes, but the decision was made to require all new 
members to take the training. The church used material that had been 
developed and published by Mr. Earl Waldrup of the Baptist Sunday 
School Board, in Nashville. 

The church also approved an "Open Door Policy" regarding who 
could become a member of the church. This new policy welcomed 
anyone, of any race, to become a member. This was an important 
step forward in a decade that had seen many churches turn Blacks 
away. 

There was a Greater Greensboro Crusade August 20-September 
3, with Dr. Ford Philpott as the evangelist. It was held at the 
Memorial Coliseum, and the Friendly Road Baptist Church was 
heavily involved in it. 

Dr. Parker was the General Chairman for the crusade. Mrs. R. P. 
Royal was the nursery representative, and she enlisted many FABC 
people to help in the Crusade Nursery. Robert Stewart, the Minister 
of Education, was on the Publicity Committee, Mr. J. B. Mims was 
the Treasurer for the Crusade, and Mrs. Cal Landrum was the 
Crusade Secretary. 

Her husband, Cal, planned and coordinated the church's visitation 
of Operation Doorstep. Several FABC men and youth took special 
training during the six weeks prior to the Crusade so they could qual- 
ify as Counselors. 

The name of Friendly Road was changed to Friendly Avenue, so 
the church changed its name also to Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. 

1968 

The church gave the Parkers a set of silver goblets for their 
Twenty-Fifth Wedding Anniversary in June. The Parkers were taken 



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by surprise by this gift. Dr. Parker remarked that he and Sara had 
decided to have a quiet anniversary celebration, but that they were 
very grateful to the church for its thoughtfulness. 

The Friendly Avenue Baptist Church had a strong mission study 
program for young girls and teen-age ladies of the church through its 
Mission Friends, Girls in Action, and Acteens organizations. Mrs. 
Newling Richey and Mrs. Robert Stewart led those organizations from 
1964-1970. 

A Coronation Service was held for 12 G.A. girls who received 
awards for progress in the Girls In Action program. There were 
five "Queens." They were, Susan Butchart, Donna Gates, Debbie 
Richey, Janet Vaughn, and Linda Welker. The two "Ladies in 
Waiting" were Susie Hassell and Sandra Kinney. The five 
"Maidens" were Lisa Ayers, Beverly McGregor, Laurel Vaughn, 
Chris Evins and Joyce Smith. 

Through the years, this church has had 19 Queens, 10 Queens 
with Scepter, 7 Queens Regent, 6 Queens Regent in Service, and 2 
Service Aide candidates who participated in the program. A special 
Recognition Service was held each September to recognize the girls 
and young ladies who had excelled. 

You don't think youngsters are influential members of a church? Then read the following mes- 
sage from a young person written 43 years ago. 

A Letter Written By Sandra Parker When She Was 
Eleven Years Old 

Dear Mr. Walker, 

You do not know me, I don't think. I am the daughter of Rev. A. 
L. Parker. I hear you are kind of sick. I do hope you get to feeling bet- 
ter. We are all praying for you and if it is the will of our loving 
Heavenly Father you will get well. I became a Christian when I was 
seven years old. I have such joy and happiness. 

It is so wonderful to know that I have a Heavenly Father that pro- 
tects and guides me always. Mr. Walker it is hard to live a Christian 



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life. Sometimes people are very mean to you. I hope you have the joy 
that I have. All you have to do is say, "Lord, I know that I am a sin- 
ner. I want to repent of my sins. I want to live for you the rest of my 
life." 

Mr. Walker, it is not too late for you to accept Jesus. It may be if 
you wait any longer. God had given you and me many chances to fol- 
low Him and we must take them. Mr. Walker, you have a wonderful 
wife and a fine, fine son. You want to be with them when they go to 
heaven. You want to have the happiness that we will have. Mr. 
Walker, you probably think Daddy asked me to write you, but he did- 
n't. I did it because I love you and want to be with you in Heaven. 

Sincerely, 

Sandra Parker 

Note: The original letter was written in long-hand with a pen or pencil. Mr. Walker did become a 

Christian. 

Dr. Parker wrote the following letter to NASA, commending the 
astronauts for reading from the Bible as they orbited the moon in 
December, 1968: 

National Aeronautics Space Administration 
Manned Space Craft Center 
Astronauts Office 
Houston, Texas 77058 

Dear Sirs: 

"I personally appreciate and support the decision of the astronauts 
to read from the Bible from their space craft as they orbited the moon 
in December, 1968. I further support the right of every human being 
to express their faith in God and the Bible publicly without fear of 
censure." 

1969 

Additional air conditioning was installed in February, so that the 
entire building was now air conditioned. 



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The Parkers began their 20th year with the church in March. Their 
Anniversary was celebrated, as usual, the first Sunday in March. 

As was mentioned earlier, some things were left undone when the 
church building was first built, because of the cost. On October 26, the 
church authorized the completion of three projects, as funds became 
available. They were: To completely equip the church kitchen so it 
could function as it was designed to do, to install risers and pews in the 
balcony, and to erect a steeple on the roof of the sanctuary. 

1970 

In February, much needed equipment was added to the church 
kitchen, at a cost of $8,529.26. 

In April, an offer to sell a house to the church, which was located 
on Friendly just west of the church's property, was made and the 
church accepted this offer. The purchase price was $33,000. This was 
financed by the church selling $24,000 in bonds, and by assuming a 
mortgage loan of $9,215. 

Additional parking was provided by the creation of a paved park- 
ing area on the west side of the church building. Access to Jefferson 
Road, west of the church, was provided. The house on Friendly Road, 
next to the church on the west side, which had been purchased earli- 
er, was removed, so that the entire frontage on Friendly Road from 
Westridge to Jefferson Road was clear for the church's use. 

This purchase gave the church all of the front footage for the 
entire north side of Friendly Avenue from Westridge to Jefferson 
Roads. Many hours were spent by the Pastor, Earl Johnson and 
Johnny Teague in closing this purchase. It was very much in the 
church's best interests to own this property for future growth. 



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Church Property Sold 



A New Car For Sara 



On September 16, at a duly called business meeting, the church 
accepted an offer from the Invincible Lodge #251 P.H.F.& A Masons 
to purchase the old church property on Asheboro Street for $37,500. It 
was to be financed by a first mortgage loan from the American Federal 
Savings and Loan Association, and a second mortgage of $7,000 or 
less. The second mortgage was for two years. Both mortgages were to 
be paid in monthly installments. Mr. J.B. Mims, working through the 
church's lawyer, was authorized to complete the sale. 

In October, the church gave Sara Parker a new car. She had trav- 
eled over a quarter of a million miles over many years, doing special 
ministries for her church. She had led in the development of Mundo 
Vista as a State Camp for the women and girls of this state. She had 
also been going to Fruitland each summer for several years, at the 
invitation of the wives of mountain pastors, to counsel them on their 
role as a pastor's wife. 

Sound equipment was added to the sanctuary in December. The 
cost was less than $1,000, thanks to two dedicated members - A.W. 
Greeson, Jr. and Weldon Fields. They had the special skills needed 
for this and they worked many hours as unpaid volunteers installing 
the equipment. 



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1971 

The crowning project in the completion of the original plans for 
the building was the erection of a steeple on the front of the sanctu- 
ary in February. It was fabricated from steel and aluminum by 
Campbellsville Industries, in Campbellsville, KY. It was sixty feet 
high when completed, and the steeple, less the stained glass panels, 
was hauled by truck from Campbellsville to our church. 

Stained glass panels were then inserted, and a huge crane lifted 
the steeple into place, where it was secured by workmen on the roof. 
A crowd of church members and other interested persons watched 
while this was being done. Lights were installed to illuminate the 
steeple at night. The cost was $16,416. 

During this time risers and pews were installed in the balcony to 
complete this part of the building. This increased seating capacity to 
well over 600. 

The balcony was completed at a cost of $36,043.82. The building 
was now complete as it was originally designed. By this time, how- 
ever, due to the continued growth of the church, it was evident that 
more educational space would soon be needed. 

The first Sunday in August, the church honored three of its staff 
members. They were: Mr. Robert Stewart, Minister of Education; 
Miss Jane Edwards, Church Secretary; and Mr. Ward Ostrander, 
Minister of Music. This summer marked Stewart's seventh anniver- 
sary, Jane's twelfth, and Ward's first. 

Words of commendation for the three of them were expressed by 
the Pastor, Dr. Parker; Bob Butchart, Chairman of Deacons; Doug 
Watts, Sunday School Director; and Mrs. Mae Brown, for the WMU. 

Robert Stewart was always planning ahead. 

When one project was near completion some members often 
thought "we can rest now." But Robert would soon announce what 
needed to be done next and in the near future. 



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DEDICATION 



-OF- 



^sljeboro Street ^apttst OIl|urci| 

^ ^ Thursday, November 29th, 1917 



"There is no soul so lost that's not worth being found, 
No soul so dead that it may not live again. " 




"I was glad when they said unto n:e, 
Let us go into the house of the Lord. ' 



KtNDALL. PKINT 



J ,; 



Wise, Untiring Pastor 




W. Raleigh White, Pastor 



In the year i911, the church having met in regular conference, Brother D. 
M. Sullivan submitted to the church a plan for our new building. The plan 
as submitted was accepted by the church and preparation was begun toward 
the erection of the building. 

In the early part of the year 1912 Brother Staley accepted a call to Win- 
ston-Salem. The church then extended a call 1o Rev. R. P. Walker, at that 
time of Littleton, N. C. Brother Walker came in the spring of 1912, and was 
our pastor for a little more than three years. 

Brother Walker was not on the job very long before pledges for the new 
church building were taken and work on the building begun. Before he lelt 
the building was completed at a cost of about eleven thousand dollars. 

Our present pastor, Rev. W. Raleigh White, began his work with us in 
December, 1915. We do not know that he knew what a task confronted him, 
but we do know some things that he had to face. First, a debt on the church 
of about thirty-six hundred dollars; a church aided by the State Mission 
Board; small congregation ; a little Sunday-school. Not yet two years have 
passed ; but we have long since gotten away from the idea that we must be 
helped by the State Mission Board. We bade them good-bye over a year ago 
and at the sam° ti ne made a substantial increase in our pastor's salary. 

We now have an up-to-date graded Sunday-sciiool, with a large per cent, 
of the teachers holding the Normal diplomas ; a good congregation at the 
morning and evening services. Quite a number have been added to the 
church membership from time to time, both by letter and Baptism. And last 
but by no means least, every dollar of indebtedness has been paid, and we 
come on this our National Thanksgiving Day, to praise and to express our 
gratification and our appreciation — 

First, to The Great God, our Heavenly Father ; Second, our wise, untiring 
and energetic pastor ; Third, to every one that has helped in any way to 
make this day possible. 




Men 's Department At ASBC 




Beginner's Sunday School In 1950's 




Singing Their Hearts Out In 1957 




Who's The Tackiest? I Didn't Know Either 




Irvin Vernon 



Mabel Starnes 



Mississippi Allred 



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rf^"*^^ 



Rev. J. Ben Eller and Wife, Ruth 





Mickey and Weldon Fields Bea and Hilton Perry 




Pauline Maness, Right, Started WDLC 



Dr. Ron Hill 




Celebrating Successful Fund Drive In 1959 




Young Ladies Department In 1950's 




Coronation Of Queen In 1957 at Asheboro Street Baptist Church 




Don Walker, Left, And Oscar Hundley 




Women 's Fidelis Class At ASBC 




f"*'^' y ' ' t ^r--*--»------%^Wil'^pil!^^ 




Dale Sloan 



Dr. Mike Moore 




They 
Made 
FABC 
Better 




Wayne Reich 



Bertha Chesson 





Jim Alley 



Larry Smith 




Three Doctors: Parker, Moore and Gibson 




The Ushers 




Reverend Maged Easily 



Tom Johnson Keeps Them Smiling 



Fun For 
All Ages 





Working On Tree 



Care During Worship 



Energetic 

Mountain 

Climbers 




Many times on Saturday night he would work into the early 
morning hours running the printing press to have things ready for 
youth programs on Sunday evening. 

One of his favorite activities was working with the Youth Choir. 
It wasn't unusual to see him directing the Youth music program, and 
he enjoyed these sessions. 

Frequently, he would take the youth to the Homeless Shelter in 
the Spring Garden area where they would sing for the people there 
and witness to the homeless men. 

One youth (Martha Lou Gates) said later that the witnessing to the 
homeless men impressed her more against ever consuming alcoholic 
drink than all that she had heard or been taught earlier. 

The church voted in the fall of 1970 to sell enough bonds to pay for 
a new church bus. The bonds went on sale early in 1971, and the 
church was soon able to purchase its first bus. One had long been need- 
ed to provide transportation for both the youth and adults in their var- 
ied activities. This bus served the church well for many years. 

1972 

The $24,000 bond issue that was used to buy the house on Friendly 
Avenue next to the church, was paid off within two years by the church. 

Another pictorial directory was authorized because the church 
had had so many new members join since the last one in 1967. 

The two oldest members of the church were honored with a 
reception. They were Mrs. Mississippi Allred (age 91), and Mr. Irvin 
Vernon (age 87). 

Mrs. Allred had the distinction of the most years of faithful 
Ghristian service. She had worked with the "Boys Band," a mission 
organization that later became the Royal Ambassadors. She also 
taught the younger children years before they were called "Junior 
Department" or "Primary Department," and she inspired many young 
children by her teaching and her love for them. 



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The E. J. McFetters, on learning the church did not have sufficient 
funds to purchase four available and valuable lots at the comer of 
Jefferson and Friendly Roads in 1972, said, "Lets Get That Property." 

They did with the help of O. B. Teague, Sr., John Mims and C. B. 
Raskins. These four families bought the property by signing the note 
and assuming full responsibility for the debt. 

Dr. Parker called it a demonstration of FAITH. 

Those four lots are now a vital part of the church property. 

Beheve it or not but some members were forced to meet in hasti- 
ly converted storage rooms when Sunday School attendance reached 
648 on Oct. 1, 1972. 

Jack Lowe, a member of the Men's Bible Class for over 30 years, 
entertained various groups by playing a home-made fiddle late in life. 

"Turkey in the Straw" was a favorite. 

Remember Mozelle Causey? After she returned from visiting 
Russia once, she was the principal speaker at the evening worship 
service on Jan. 16. Miss Causey recalled how Christians are still sub- 
jected to persecution and imprisonment in that country. She taught 
drama and speech at Grimsley High School. 

In 1972 Johnny Teague was head of the Building Committee as 
Chairman of Committees. He served as a Deacon and taught fourth- 
grade boys in Sunday School. Mr. Teague also was past Chairman of 
the Music Council. 

Otherwise, he likes to travel, especially to Europe. 

It's not all work and no play. Deacons and their wives enjoyed a 
fellowship supper at the Jefferson Club on a Friday evening. 

The Spring Revival in April-May featured Dr. Eugene Postom, 
president of Gardner- Webb College. And Dr. Parker, never at a loss 
for memorable thoughts, declared every Sunday as Super Sunday. 
This was in reference to the Super Bowl football game. 



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"On Sunday a big crowd gathers to hear the morning sermon. 
Most of the seats are taken, and the ones conducting the service are 
the players. 

The congregation comes to witness the event. After the game 
(sermon) is over the fans file out and it's back to business as usual." 

Dr. Parker spoke those words on January, 1972. 

The Vernons 

Mr. Vernon was born June 6, 1885, in Greensboro, NC to Mr. 
George Washington Vernon, and his wife, Mollie Watkins Vernon. 
While he was still very young, the family moved to Ringold, VA. for 
a few years. 

He attended a private school in Ringold, that was taught in his 
home by Miss Lucy Maree. Mr. Vernon later attended a two-room 
school there. 

After his family moved back to Greensboro, he attended the 
school that later became Caldwell School on Asheboro Street and 
went there through the 7th grade. 

When he was 12 years old, his mother died and his father remar- 
ried.^ His step-mother, Hattie Simpson Vernon, played an important 
role in his life. 

The family belonged to what was then called the Washington 
Street Baptist Church. Dr. Livingston was the pastor. Irving was 
saved during a revival when he was 14 years old. The evangelist was 
Rev. T.T. Martin from Mississippi. 

In 1906, the Washington Street Baptist Church moved to West 
Market Street and became the First Baptist Church. The Vernon fam- 
ily decided to join the Southside Baptist Church on Whittington 
Street. Rev. Charles E. Maddry was the pastor of this church, and also 
Forest Avenue Baptist (now College Park Baptist). 



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Rev. Maddry led the church to purchase a lot on Asheboro Street 
and the church building was moved to this new location, and the 
church was renamed the Asheboro Street Baptist Church. 

While still quite young, Irving went to work for his uncle, A. T. 
Vernon, who was then the baggage agent for the Southern Railway. 
He did clerical work there for 48 years. 

Church Deacon 

Mr. Vernon became a Deacon in the church in 1914, and began 
teaching intermediate boys about 1920. He was the oldest living 
Deacon when he was honored in 1972, at the age of 87, and he taught 
intermediate boys for over 50 years. 

Several of them grew up to become pastors and missionaries. 
These included Thurman and Hoyle AUred, Earl Belch, Carl 
Compton , Austin Lovin and Walton Moffitte. 

Mr. Vernon never owned an automobile. He was a familiar sight 
for nearly fifty years as he walked up and down Asheboro Street from 
his house to the Southern Railway Freight Yards. 

He began reading his Bible through each year in 1939. Mr. 
Vernon believed in tithing and was faithful in his attendance at the 
services of the church as long as his health permitted. He believed in 
the power of prayer. He also believed in work. Mr. Vernon once said 
during an interview, "Work never hurt anybody." 

Mr. Vernon taught young boys for over 50 years. He was a very 
good teacher, and he loved his "boys" and they knew it. Very few of 
those who were in his class ever left before they had accepted Christ 
as their Savior. He had been a member since the days of the frame 
building on Whittington Street. 



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Educational Building 



Years In Planning 
1973 



After years of preparation, construction was begun on a two-story 
Educational Building, to be added to the rear of the west wing of the 
original building. This building was to house the Weekday Learning 
Center during the week, and provide space for numerous Sunday 
School classes on Sundays. Johnny Teague was Chairman of the 
Building Committee. 

In 1973 Dr. and Mrs. Parker were all set to fly to Portland, OR to 
attend the Southern Baptist Convention when Sara broke her leg. 
Well, broken leg and all, Sara was still determined that they were 
going to the Convention - and they did. 

They made the cover of the BIBLICAL RECORDER one week, 
with a picture of Sara propped up in a wheel chair and Dr. Parker 
standing beside her. They became a familiar sight as Dr. Parker 
pushed her to and from each of the sessions. He didn't need to take 
his usual exercises, because he got a pretty good workout taking care 
of Sara. 

Gene Moore joined the staff as FABC's first full-time Minister of 
Music. His official title was Associate Minister of Music and Youth. 

The church paid off a $5,800 Bond debt early and saved $406 



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yearly in interest. The bond covered part of the cost of the Kernodle 
property which adjoined the church. 

Church attendance in January of 1973 averaged over 600, and 
one Sunday it reached 633. Also of significance was an Association- 
wide Children's Music Camp for those in fourth-sixth grades. The 
church played host July 9-13. 

Worth noting: Lee Knight, a student at the Southern Seminary in 
Louisville, Ky. and Wake Forest graduate, was ordained during a cer- 
emony presided over by Dr. Parker. Debbie Severs, daughter of the 
James Severs, took first runner-up honors in the Greensboro Junior 
Miss Contest. She was awarded a $300 scholarship which Miss 
Severs planned to use at UNC-CH. 

Of interest: An architectural drawing of a proposed new wing 
adjoining the Educational Building. It was never built. This wing was 
described as a multi-purpose building for recreation, banquet seating 
for 470, worship- drama seating for 600, clubs, scouts and other 
activities. 

Doug Watts and Dr. Parker led a successful campaign to raise 
$300,000 as the basic sum needed for the Educational addition. 
Altogether, some $425,000 would be required. 

Slogan of the campaign was "Together We Build His Purpose to 
Fulfill." 

1974 

Robert Stewart, the Minister of Education, saw the need for a 
Senior Adult group, and he contacted churches of all denominations 
across the city and invited their senior adults to meet at the Friendly 
Avenue Baptist Church for planning programs that would appeal to 
senior adults. 

The response was excellent. Senior adults came from across the 
city, as well as from Pleasant Garden, Summerfield, McLeansville 
and Guilford College. Mr. Stewart planned the programs at first. 



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In 1972, the group decided there was sufficient interest to justify 
organizing, choosing a name, and assuming more responsibiUty for 
planning programs, trips, and other activities. This would relieve Mr. 
Stewart of most of these responsibilities. 

At the meeting on November 9, Mrs. Henry Moore (FABC) was 
elected Chairwoman, Miss Margaret Walker (Westminister 
Presbyterian) Associate Chairwoman; Miss Selma Simpson (FABC) 
Secretary-Treasurer; and Mrs. Virginia Hardin (Mt. Pisgah 
Methodist) as Chairwoman of the Hostess Committee. The other 
members of the Hostess Committee were Mrs. Vera Davis and Miss 
Nora Hinshaw. 

Mrs. Weldon Fields, Mrs. James Wills and Mrs. Grace Wright 
were appointed to assist with program planning. After considerable 
discussion, they chose the name, "Treasured Friends." They had reg- 
ular monthly meetings, plus other meetings to hear special speakers, 
go on trips, etc. 

They also participated in programs conducted by the Retired 
senior Volunteer Program, the Jaycees, and the Acteens' quilting pro- 
gram. Expenses of the organization were paid for by voluntary con- 
tributions by its members. 

Mrs. Sara Parker completed eight years of service as a member of 
the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

A special occasion was Robert Stewart Day on Sunday, October 
6. This special day was set aside to honor Mr. Stewart for his ten 
years of effective service as Minister of Education. The church had 
voted several weeks before to pay for Mr. Stewart's trip to the Baptist 
World Alliance, in Stockholm, in July 1975. 

Sunday, Dec. 15, was Appreciation Day to honor and to express 
the thanks of the church to Mickey and Weldon Fields who had given 
forty years of dedicated service to the Lord and to the music ministry 
of the church. Mickey had announced her retirement as Church 
Organist after thirty-five years. 



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Their willingness to lead the choirs when the church was without 
a Minister of Music was always carried through with a cheerful and 
loving spirit. The two of them helped organize the church's first 
orchestra back in 1938, which added much to the music program of 
the church at that time. 

1975 

The new Educational Building was completed early in the year. 
This two-story addition added greatly to the space available for edu- 
cational programs, including Sunday School and the Weekday 
Learning Center. 

Harold Tippett, a member of the church, was the contractor for 
the addition. 

The weekend of March 2 was declared a special "Jubilee '75 
Celebration." On Saturday, there was a church- wide banquet and 
children's parties, featuring J.C. Hatfield, Howard Foshee, and Nolan 
Johnston. The day was filled with conferences on various aspects of 
churchwork, with Hatfield, Foshee and Johnston, along with others, 
leading them. Saturday evening there was a Deacon and Wives 
Fellowship, with Foshee as guest speaker. 

On Sunday morning, a joint assembly of all the adult Sunday 
School departments was held from 9:40 -10:00 a.m., followed by 
Sunday School classes from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m., with an effort to set 
a new record attendance. 

The Sunday morning worship service celebrated Dr. Parker's 
25th Anniversary as the Pastor. On Sunday afternoon, the new 
Educational Building was dedicated, and a Gospel Singspiration was 
held at the evening worship hour. 

When Dr. Parker came to Asheboro Street Baptist Church in 
1950, the membership was 1,302. By 1958, it had grown to 1,800. 
The church granted letters to 352 of its members when the Parkway 
Baptist Church was constituted. The budget went from $30,000 in 
1950 to over $300,000 in 1975, and more than one milHon dollars 
had been given to missions during those 25 years. 

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Dr. Parker is the only pastor of FABC who has been elected 
President of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He also 
served eight years as a member of the Executive Committee of the 
Southern Baptist Convention, and three years as President of the 
North Carolina Christian Action League. He also served as 
Moderator of the Piedmont Baptist Association, and was involved in 
several civic groups, including the Lions Club. 

Sara Parker was elected Second Vice-President of the Baptist 
State Convention of North Carolina that year. She was also re-elect- 
ed the following year. 

1976 

On April 20th, Dr. Parker fell from a ladder while he was trying 
to clean out the gutters on the two-story parsonage on Market Street. 
He landed on his head, and the fall could have been fatal but for the 
quick action of Mrs. Sara Parker. She grabbed a towel and wrapped 
it around his head to keep everything in place while he was rushed to 
the hospital. 

The church, and many others, prayed earnestly for his recovery, 
and God was merciful. Dr. Parker was able to go home on April 30th, 
but with strict orders for rest and quiet. The Parkers were showered 
with cards and letters, since visitors were not allowed. 

As an outpouring of their love for their Pastor, the church started 
a drive to raise the $4,000 needed to install and activate the old 
church bell from Asheboro Street in the new steeple. The money was 
raised and the bell was installed. It was rung for the first time when 
Dr. Parker was able to return to the Pulpit on July 4. 

The church was overjoyed when their beloved Pastor was able to 
resume at least some of his duties as preacher and pastor. Gene 
Moore, Minister of Music, had arranged a "Freedom Celebration," 
including a parade of flags, drums, fife, and a "wounded" soldier. 

Dr. Parker's return made the service all the more meaningful to 
everyone present. They celebrated not only our political freedom, but 



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also the far greater freedom that is found in salvation through faith in 
the shed blood of Jesus Christ. 

^ Nearly 1,000 people were present, with extra chairs everywhere. 
The regular offering reflected the joy of the people, with over $7,600 
being given. Total offerings that day amounted to almost $10,000. 

A 40- voice Youth Choir presented "Revolutionary Ideas." The 
final icing on the birthday of our country was when someone told of 
how a Baptist preacher, by the name of John Leland, significantly 
influenced the inclusion of the First Amendment to the Constitution, 
which guaranteed religious freedom for the people of the new nation. 

Dr. Parker continued to improve and he was able to gradually 
resume more and more of his usual activities as pastor before the end 
of the year. 

Mrs. Sara Parker was re-elected Second Vice-President of the 
State Convention in November. 

1977 
Dr. Parker announced that he was re-imbursing the church for the 
money it spent for pulpit substitutes during his absence due to his fall 
in 1976. 

Lay Renewal Weekend was observed the fourth week in March. 
While not replacing the yearly church revival, this special occasion 
took place in both homes and at church. 

Altogether 61 adults and youth led activities. It was a people-to- 
people experience. Earlier in the year, because of an energy crisis, no 
night services were held at FABC during February. 

Families such as the Tommy Weisners and Wayne Colemans 
opened their homes to fill the void. Dr. Parker and Deacon Chairman 
Billy Glover were in charge of these worshipping experiences. Dr. 
Jimmy Crews and his wife were hosts for choir practice during this 
time. 



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In April, young women at FABC sponsored a banquet for all wid- 
ows and divorcees of the church. The theme was "Thoughts of You." 
During this same month the church participated in the simultaneous 
Associational Revivals. 

Richard Everett, active in the Department of Evangelism of the 
N.C. State Convention, was the featured speaker. Many decisions, 
both public and private, were made. 

"A man's soul is the only thing he has been given that he can keep 
for eternity," stressed Everett. 

Keith Oakley, a ministerial student at Campbell College, accept- 
ed the job of Summer Youth Worker at FABC. 

In October Robert C. Stewart handed in his resignation after 
being chosen Director of the Sunday School Department of the N.C. 
Baptist State Convention. Stewart, well liked as Minister of 
Education, left a big void. 

1978 

The church called Mr. Charles Bridgers as its first full-time 
Minister to Children. He was also the Director of the Weekday 
Learning Center. The church budget was $353,600 that year. 

Additional paved parking became available once the Kemodle 
house was removed, and church members expressed their appreciation. 

Rev. Gene Moore resigned as Minister of Music in March after 
five years of service at FABC. He accepted a similar position at the 
First Baptist Church in Cary. 

Rev. Moore was ordained into the ministry while at FABC. 
Earlier in the year several choir members played a lead role in acquir- 
ing new cranberry-colored choir robes and matching cushions for the 
pulpit chairs. 

In September the church played host to a Bible Conference under 
the direction of Dr. David Morse. The Welshman, a veteran in this 
role, had been well received in such countries as Belgium, Peru, 

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Ecuador, Spain, Columbia, Nigeria and the United Kingdom in addi- 
tion to appearing in this country. 

The sanctuary was filled to over capacity during a performance of 
the Adult Choir and 30-piece orchestra which jointly presented "The 
Many Moods of Christmas" in December. 

Ward Ostrander, the church's Minister of Music, directed the 
event. So popular was the one-night performance that latecomers 
were turned away. 

1979 

There was a house that still stood on the church property, behind 
the Fellowship Hall, and facing Westridge Road. The church decided 
to renovate it and make it into a residence for foreign missionaries on 
furlough. 

This was done, using as much volunteer labor as possible. The 
result was a very attractive and comfortable house. Several mission- 
aries and their families enjoyed living in the Westridge house for 
about seven years. 

This ministry to FABC's missionaries proved to be a double bless- 
ing. It has not only provided a good home for some of the missionar- 
ies while they were in the states, but the church has also received a 
blessing from having "real, live, missionaries" as members. They pro- 
vided opportunities for many church members to get to know these 
dedicated servants of God personally. They have also shared how God 
has guided and blessed them in their missionary labors. 

With Dr. and Mrs. Parker beginning their 29th year of ministry to 
the church, FABC voted to make the parsonage in which they had 
lived since 1959 available to them for life, or for as long as they 
chose to live there. The church would maintain the house. The only 
expense for the Parkers would be the utilities. 

Mrs. Sara Parker was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities 
degree by Campbell College, in recognition of her many years of ser- 
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The WMU of the Friendly Avenue Baptist Church was recog- 
nized by the State WMU leadership for having achieved the 
"Distinguished" award for ten consecutive years. 

A new Singles Adult ministry again was started with 90 persons 
enrolled. This class was designed for those who had been divorced, 
or who were widows or widowers. 

1980 

Dr. and Mrs. Parker were honored at the morning worship hour 
the first Sunday in March in recognition of their thirty years of faith- 
ful ministry to the church. Dr. Parker preached his first sermon at 
Asheboro Street Baptist Church on March 5, 1950. A. W. Greeson 
had recorded the entire service on tape. It was replayed as a part of 
the commemoration of the Parker's thirtieth anniversary. 

A special word of thanks was extended to Mr. Ward Ostrander, 
Minister of Music, for planning the service, and to Mr. Greeson for 
preserving that first service and making it available to the church on 
this special day. 

At the conclusion of the service, Mrs. Mae Brown expressed for 
the church family their love and appreciation for all that the Parkers 
had meant to the church, and presented them with a silver covered 
vegetable dish, with the following inscription: "Dr. and Mrs. A. L. 
Parker, with love and appreciation, 1950-1980, Friendly Avenue 
Baptist Church." 

The old organ from the Asheboro Street Church was replaced in 
1980 with an Allen Computer Digital Organ. It was installed and ded- 
icated this year. The cost was $75,000. It has added greatly to the 
church's worship services ever since. 

The Church Parlor was completely redone and furnished by Mrs. 
Mae Brown in memory of her deceased husband, Mr. J.C. Brown. 

Mr. Ward Ostrander was the one who introduced "The Singing 
Christmas Tree" to the church. This was in 1980. This quickly 
became one of the most popular programs of the year for the church. 



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Happily, it was continued by Mr. Jim Alley, Minister of Music, who 
succeeded Mr. Ostrander. 

Motorized Chair 

Ray Scott, now deceased, was so enthusiastic about the electric 
motorized wheelchair he recieved in the mid 1950's that the 60-year-old 
muscular dystrophy patient gave demonstrations of how to drive it. 

Scott, a member of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, worked out 
a plan with his Men's Bible Class to get the chair. Scott paid $800, 
and others in the class gave the remaining $700. 

Scott was so proud he "manuevered it all around the recreation 
room," said H.M. Coble Jr., class president. Coble, who has since 
died, spearheaded the fund raising for the chair. 

Coble said Scott had told class members that he was afraid he'd 
be trapped at The Evergreens in case of a fire or other emergency if 
he didn't have an electric wheelchair. 

Coble said seeing Scott receive his wheelchair was reward 
enough. "I've never seen anyone's face Ught up like that," he said. 



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Singing Christmas Tree 



First For Greensboro 



Greensboro's first Singing Christmas Tree, decorated with the 
work of 72 musicians, is 17 feet tall and shines with the brilliance of 
1, 000 lights in the choir loft of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. 

Thursday night singers and musicians chmbed the scaffolding, 
took their places and went through a dress rehearsal for the Yule 
musical "Unto Us A Child," to be performed Sunday and Monday at 
7:30 p.m. 

The tree will hold seven levels of singers and other musicians, 
some of whom will be perched near the top of the church sanctuary 
on platforms of two-by-fours and plywood. 

Friendly Avenue's pastor, Dr. Leroy Parker, said the carpentry 
and work with power saws in his sanctuary while the tree was being 
constructed "made for some unusual sights, sounds and some of the 
noisiest times you ever saw inside a church." 

The tree was the brainchild of Ward Ostrander, the church's min- 
ister of music. He said he began talking about the idea three years 
earlier and, after finishing Christmas programs a year ago, his musi- 
cians "finally agreed that we'd do it." 

"A lot of people were involved in putting it together," Parker said 
of the tree. Supervisors were Woody Hamlett, who owns his own 



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construction company, and Wayne Coleman, whose previous experi- 
ence with construction includes work with huge cranes. 

The musical "has something for everybody," said Ostrander. 
"We've been gearing up for it for nearly a year, and nobody will be 
left out when it comes to musically receiving the spirit of Christmas." 

It included singers accompanied by an orchestra that featured a 
string quartet from the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. 

The church's digital computer organ, the largest of its type in the 
Southeast, also will accompany the musicians and begin playing 
Christmas music 15 minutes prior to the musical Sunday and 
Monday. 

This Christmas Tree story appeared in the Greensboro Daily News on Dec. 5, 1980. 

Hanging of the Green 

History, as well as traditions, go back a long way. This is certain- 
ly true with the "Hanging of the Green." For many years, this very 
special event has been a part of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. 

If you close your eyes, you can visualize folks coming down the 
aisles carrying large wreaths which are hung on the walls. In 1998 
they were hung in the Fellowship Hall because the sanctuary was 
being remodeled. 

If you listen, you can almost hear the children sing as they place 
Chrismons on a lighted tree. Special scripture passages are read, 
poinsettias and candles are put in place, solos are sung and choirs 
raise their voices in praises to our Savior. 

This is a beautiful time of worship, fellowship and great blessings 
for everyone at FABC. It sets the tone for the worship of our Savior 
during December, celebrating the birth of our King of Kings, Lord of 
Lords. 

A wreath is a continuous circle. It may represent the circle of love 
that flows from one member to another. Crismons represent many 
symbols of Christianity. 



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1981 

A couple in the church, Marvin and Lucille Gallimore, gave their 
estate, worth over $300,000 including the house, to the church. Dr. 
Parker met with them several times and he suggested that the money 
from the sale of the property be invested, with 50% of the interest 
each year being used for missions, and 50% for capital improvements 
for the church. 

They agreed, and their generosity has already been a great help to 
the church and to missions. Through 1990, $179,836 had been spent 
for capital improvements, and $184,863 had been given to various mis- 
sion causes. 

All monies for both capital improvements and missions have to 
be approved by the church. The Missions Committee is charged with 
recommending how the missions money will be spent. 

In August, Dr. Parker announced his plans to retire, but he volun- 
teered to remain on as Pastor until a new pastor had been called. This 
seemed to be a good arrangement and he continued on as Pastor until 
the fall of 1982. 

On September 9, Dr. and Mrs. Parker left for a preaching mission 
in Zimbabwe, Africa. God blessed this mission trip and Dr. Parker 
came back and reported enthusiastically about how God had used and 
blessed them. 



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New Pastor Arrives 

Dr. Moore Succeeds Dr. Parker 
1982 



The Pastor Search Committee worked diUgently for months, 
seeking a new pastor. Finally, in October, they recommended Dr. 
Michael K. Moore as the new pastor. He was then the pastor of the 
First Baptist Church, Mooresville, NC. 

Newling Richey served as Chairman of the Committee. Others 
helping with the process were Mrs. Mae Brown, Don Lewis, Guion 
Phillips, Dr. Doris Henderson, Johnny Chandler and Frank Roberts. 

Dr. Moore had been raised as a Mormon, but he had become a 
Christian and a Baptist when he was a young man. He and his wife, 
Judy, have one daughter, Laurie Karen, and one son, Wesley. Dr. 
Moore's favorite hobby is distance running. He was thirty-nine years 
old. 

Dr. Parker's last Sunday in the pulpit as our Pastor was on 
October 31. This was designated "Parker Day" with a special pro- 
gram to honor the Parkers. Don Lewis, Chairman of Deacons, 
presided. A group, made up of Blanche Edwards, Alex Cheek, Earl 
Johnson, Boyd Morris, Bob Butchart and Robert Stewart, related 
memories of events during Dr. Parker's long ministry with the 
church. 



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After special music. Miss Sara Ann Hobbs, Director of Missions 
for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina; Rev. Bob Phelps, 
President of the Piedmont Baptist Association's Pastors Conference; 
Rev. Victor Dowd, President of the Greensboro Ministers fellowship; 
Clyde Rudd, from the Greensboro Lions Club; Rev. Manuel Cunnup, 
Director of Missions for the Piedmont Baptist Association; and Jim 
Melvin, former Mayor of Greensboro, all paid tribute to the out- 
standing leadership Dr. Parker had given the church, Association, 
State Convention and the City of Greensboro. 

Don Lewis and Newling Richey, both Deacons, closed the service 
with tributes to what Dr. Parker had done for the church. Dr Parker 
was presented a beautiful plaque, which proclaimed him "Pastor 
Emeritus" of the Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. The church also 
honored both of the Parkers with the gift of a trip to the Orient. 

Dr. Moore began his ministry with the church the first Sunday in 
December. Every pastor knows that it is especially difficult to follow 
a man who had served the church as long, and as well, as Dr. Parker 
had, but Dr. Moore was a very capable preacher and pastor himself. 
He did well. 

Although the Parkers kept their membership with the Friendly 
Avenue Church, he was soon involved in a succession of interim pas- 
torates, and seldom attended FABC. 

Don Bowden was the Interim Music Director. He directed the 
combined choirs of the Parkway and Friendly Avenue Baptist 
Churches in a "Singing Christmas Tree" in December. 

The 1982 budget was $398,000, and $315,908 was received. 
There were twelve baptisms that year, and the Sunday School aver- 
aged 394 in attendance. 

The Last Sixteen Years 
1983 - 1998 

Dr. Moore was a gifted preacher and pastor, and the church 
responded well to his leadership. Larry Smith was the Director of the 



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Weekday Learning Center, and three new staff members were added dur- 
ing the year. They were: Dale Sloan, Minister of Education; Jim Alley, 
Minister of Music; and Miss Connie Lineberry, Organist. 

A new Wednesday night schedule was adopted. It was centered 
around a church supper in the Fellowship Hall from 6:15-6:45 p.m., and 
Prayer meeting and Bible Study followed, with the congregation still 
seated around the tables. The acoustics were bad in the Fellowship Hall 
at this time and several attempts were made to improve them over the 
next few years. 

A steady succession of foreign missionaries occupied the Westridge 
House. 

(See the list of missionaries-in-residence on Page 87.) 

Dr. Moore often preached a series of sermons. Over the years, these 
included a series on the Life of Jesus Christ, the Gospel of John, and the 
Fruits of the Holy Spirit. 

The budget for 1984 was adopted in November. It was for $455,187. 
Jim Alley led the church choir in another "Singing Christmas Tree." This 
event became so popular that it was presented for two or three nights 
each year, with packed houses for most performances. 

Jim began a Handbell Choir, and, with the help of several volunteer 
leaders, he also developed a complete set of graded choirs, beginning 
with the preschoolers. At its peak, approximately 400 persons were in the 
church music program. 

Connie Hastings 
From 2 to 84 

How would you like to be involved in age groups ranging from two 
to 84? 

Connie Hastings, a native of Greensboro and graduate of Meredith 
College in Raleigh, — with a major in music — stays busy at FABC direct- 
ing a variety of musical programs. 

She's also the church organist, accompanying all the choirs. After 
majoring in music at Meredith, she came to FABC on July, 1983. 



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Her title now is Associate Music Director/Organist, and that 
places her in contact with children as young as two and Seniors up to 
84. She oversees the Children's Choirs and stages one special musi- 
cal a year for them. 

She also organized the Youth Handbell group and directs the 
Wednesday night Handbell Choir. 

Occasionally, she finds time to sing a solo. 

"Our Handbell Choirs, children's ensemble and Keenage Choir 
frequently perform before other gatherings throughout Greensboro," 
said Mrs. Hastings. 

She met her husband, Gary Hastings, while he was playing the 
trumpet - she at the organ. They have two children, Ashley and Kelly. 

1984 

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for Foreign Missions for 
1983 surpassed its goal. Dr. Earl Grumpier, from Greenville, SC, was 
the evangelist for the Spring Revival. Dr. Moore conducted a tour of 
the Holy Land and Egypt in the spring. The church business meetings 
were moved to the second Sunday night in each month. 

A Long Range Planning Committee was elected and put to work. 
High Attendance Day in Sunday School in November surpassed its 
goal of 600, with 621 present. A special Candlelight Worship Service 
was conducted the Sunday night before Christmas. This was a popu- 
lar tradition for the church after the move to Friendly Avenue. 

The Lottie Moon Offering for 1984 had a goal of $14,000, and 
$16,791 was received. There were 42 baptisms in 1984 and over 
$110,000 was given to missions. A pictorial directory was prepared 
and pubUshed also. 

A proposal which obligated the church to become a partner in the 
new Christian TV network was approved in June of 1984. 

The network is owned by the Southern Baptist and goes under the 
name ACTS. 



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Sunday School enrollment reached 976 in September. Of that total 
146 had been added since October, 1983. The church instigated a policy 
of paying nursery workers-birth to 3 years old - in January, 1984. 

1985 

The church approved a Statement of Purpose recommended by the 
Long Range Planning Committee. It committed the church to: 

1. Be a worshipping fellowship 

2. Reflect Biblical principles through responsible living 

3. Minister in Christ's name to the needs of church members and the 
people of the 

surrounding community 

4. Witness for Christ in the community and throughout the world 

5. Cooperate with other Christian bodies in ministries 

Dr. Fred Wood taught the Book of Psalms for the Spring Bible 
Conference. Robert Stewart, State Sunday School Director, led a one-day 
Sunday School Training event for the church in April. Dr. Moore con- 
ducted a tour of Israel and Rome in June. A new 25- passenger bus was 
purchased by the church. 

An Arabic Ministry was begun, with Maged Basily as the Mission 
Pastor. Wayne Reich was called as Minister to Youth. A sum of $40,000 
was authorized for a new computer system, which would include a com- 
puter in the office of each staff member. 

A new roof was installed on the educational wings. There were 1 1 
baptisms and 70 other additions in 1985, and the Sunday School aver- 
aged 512 in attendance. Total gifts were $472,352, and the budget was 
$478,000. 

1986 

The changeover to computers was almost complete by the beginning 
of this year, and phase two of the computer system was implemented. 

A love offering of $5,000 was given to furnish the "Parker Room" in 
one of the continental buildings at Camp Mundo Vista, in honor of Mrs. 



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Sara Parker, who had led in the purchase and development of this 
Camp for the State WMU. 

Dr. Ray Robbins led the Spring Bible Conference in April. Eight 
men from the church went to Brazil to help build camp facilities. The 
church paid Dr. Moore's expenses for a preaching mission to Chile. 

The Westridge House was torn down to make room for more 
parking. There were 21 baptisms and 53 other additions in 1986. 
Tithes and offerings totaled $510,702, with $167,000 going to mis- 
sions. The Lottie Moon Offering again exceeded its goal. 

Maged Basily, once a mechanical engineer in Cairo, Egypt, began 
an Arabic Ministry at FABC during 1986, and there were 25 Arabic- 
speaking people in attendance. 

The ministry continues to this day. 

Dec. 4 of this year turned out to be a memorable Sunday at the 
church. Over 600 were in Sunday School and stewardship was 
reflected in budget receipts of $23,000. 

1987 

Mr. Robert Gentry gave the church $87,000 from the sale of Mrs. 
Fannie Lowe's house (she had given it to him), to be used toward the 
purchase of a new Missionary Residence. Early in 1987, the house on 
the corner of Jefferson Road and Gaines Drive was purchased for that 
purpose. 

Buying this house also fit in with the church's long-range plan to 
buy all of the houses within the block that the church is in to make 
room for future growth and expansion of its facilities. 

Dr. Harold Bryson, from the New Orleans Baptist Theological 
Seminary, taught the Book of James for the Spring Bible Conference. 
A series of five Dodson "Family Films" were shown on Sunday 
nights in May. They were well received. 

Mr. Larry Smith resigned as Director of the Weekday Learning 
Center. Dr. John Sullivan, Executive Secretary for Florida Baptists, 

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was the evangelist for the Fall Revival. Thirteen musicians went from 
the church to help pioneer churches in the midwest. 

Dr. Moore was honored on his fifth Anniversary as Senior Pastor. 
There were 23 baptisms and 83 other additions in 1987. The total 
membership had risen to 1,914, and the Sunday School average atten- 
dance was 493. Tithes and offerings totaled $544,167, and gifts to 
missions were $150, 000. The church was 25th in the state that year 
in gifts to the Cooperative Program. 

A new Pictorial Directory was authorized and it was published in 
the spring of 1988. 

1988 

Dr. Moore taught a series of studies on "What Baptists Believe" on 
Wednesday nights. Dr. Chip Sloan taught the Spring Bible Conference 
in March. Attendance for both Sunday School and the morning worship 
services had reached the point where the Space Needs Committee rec- 
ommended that architects be hired to draw up plans for additional edu- 
cational space, and for the expansion of the sanctuary. 

They also recommended that a Building Committee be elected 
and asked to study the architect's plans and recommend a course of 
action to the church. Their recommendations were approved by a 
vote of 254 to 37. 

Mrs. Vernelle Cates retired after 13 years as Bookkeeper and 
Office Manager for the Weekday Learning Center. A new Building 
Superintendent was employed to oversee the care and maintenance of 
the church building. 

Rev. Cecil Seagle was the evangelist for the Fall Revival. The 
church increased its percentage given through the Cooperative 
Program to 18.5%. 

There were 26 baptisms and 84 other additions in 1988. The 
Sunday School average attendance was 505, and offerings totaled 
$584,202, with $167,000 given to missions. The Lottie Moon 
Offering received $20,430. 



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1989 

Rev. Maged Easily, Pastor of the Arabic Mission, received his 
Master of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological 
Seminary. 

The "Lord's Supper" was dramatized one Sunday morning in 
March. It was very impressive. 

The Building Committee recommended that the church undertake 
a $2,800,000 building program, that would include expanding the 
sanctuary, as well as adding additional classrooms. The vote was 
taken on a Sunday morning, with 267 (69%) for it, and 120 (31%) 
against it. 

Dr. Moore felt that despite the fact that two-thirds of those vot- 
ing were for it, that it would be unwise to undertake such a large 
building program with nearly one-third against it. He asked that the 
building program be postponed indefinitely. 

Most of the church members went along with him in this. The 
only thing that was done was to try to improve the acoustics in the 
Fellowship Hall. 

Dr. Moore took a seven-week "sabbatical" which the church had 
agreed to some time earlier. He was also elected to the Executive 
Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention that year. 

A Special Patriotic Service was held Sunday, July 2. Chaplain 
(Maj.) Dennis Lovin, son of Rev. Austin Lovin of the church, both 
sang and preached at the morning service. 

Rev. Jack Wilder was the evangelist for the Fall Revival. Both the 
State Missions and the Lottie Moon Offerings surpassed their goals. 
There were 13 baptisms and 83 other additions in 1989. The Sunday 
School average attendance was 514 and tithes and offerings totaled 
$589,892, with $190,000 given to missions. 



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1990 

The year 1990 developed into an eventful period of time at FABC. 
It ranked among the top 125 state Baptist churches in mission support 
for both percentage and total gifts through the Cooperative Program. 

Some 3,827 Home missionaries and 3,770 on foreign soil in 116 
countries were helped by this program. 

FABC hosted the N.C. Baptist State Convention Church Growth 
Conference, which was for pastors and church leaders around the state. 
This took place March 5-6 and Dr. Danell Robinson, V.R of Home 
Mission Board of Southern Baptist Convention, was featured speaker. 

Rev. Jimmy Hinson served as evangelist for the church's revival 
in March, and later in the year FABC sponsored a mission trip to 
Brazil for Rev. Austin Lovin, a church member who was 75 years old 
at the time. Over $1,000 was raised for this. 

The men's basketball team jumped off to a 6-0 start and the Youth 
Boys were crowned Champions of the First Baptist Youth League. Joe 
Register coached the team and one of the players was J. R Morgan, 
who's now a young man and member of the church's orchestra. 

Late in the year, with FABC facing a serious budget deficit, Dr. 
Moore led what he called an "Ingathering," and members responded 
with a collection of $37,972 on Nov. 4. 

It was on July 13, 1990, that the Articles of Incorporation for the 
Church were officially executed by N. C. Secretary of State Rufus 
Edmiston. This absolved any FABC official of any legal responsibil- 
ity while performing duties for the church. 

The Leadership Committee, under the direction of Jerry Harris, 
decided FABC needed a Historical Committee. Those agreeing to 
serve were the Alex Cheeks, the Thomas Northingtons, Newling 
Richey and Jean Wagner. Mrs. Wagner later resigned from the group 
which was appointed in March. Several years later, in 1998, Austin 
Lovin, Sara Parker, John Durham and Don Walker were added to the 
committee. 



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Time to Celebrate 

Earlier in the year Dr. Parker, still active in various endeavors, 
celebrated his 75th birthday. The P. D. Honeycutts were all smiles 
after 50 years of marriage. 

Beth Workman won first place at her school for an art project. Her 
clay-sculptured nativity scene took the blue ribbon. 

The church surpassed its State Mission offering by raising 
$13,364 and the Lottie Moon offering went over the top with 
$20,852. 

Deacon nominees in 1990 were Pinky Collins, George Hayes, 
Mac McLean, Benny McPeak, Chuck Moy, Newling Richey, Willard 
Robbins and Dinks Thompson. 

As of September 13, a total of 67 new members had been added 
to the church roll since October 1989. Average attendance for Sunday 
School in 1990 was 490. 

Dale Sloan, Minister of Education, assumed additional responsi- 
bilities by also working with children since the position for this age 
group remained vacant. Music Director Jim Alley took on added 
duties involving Senior Adults. 

At Easter time children, in grades two through six, almost filled 
the Fellowship Hall for a party. Each child was asked to bring Easter 
candy to be used in a special mission project. 



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Changing Times 

Average Stay Five Years 
1991 



In these changing times, it's rarely that a Baptist minister spends 
his entire career preaching the gospel at one church. Actually, this 
also was true in earlier years. 

For instance, in the Piedmont Baptist Association which has 53 
member churches, the average length of stay is five years at the larg- 
er ones. FABC belongs to this association. 

Dr. Parker, in all probability, established some sort of a record for 
longevity at one church when he served 32 _ years at Friendly 
Avenue Baptist Church. 

He wanted to pastor the church another six months but resigned 
in 1982 rather than cause any rift in membership. Dr. Parker placed 
FABC ahead of any personal goals. And he continues to support the 
church in any way possible. 

Dr. Moore followed Dr. Parker as pastor at FABC, and members 
gave him a warm welcome. He pastored the church for just over nine 
years before some of the membership wanted a change. 

Yet, it was something of a surprise to the congregation when Dr. 
Moore announced his resignation as Senior Pastor during a Sunday 
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Dr. Moore's last Sunday as FABC's pastor was March 3. A recep- 
tion in his honor was held after the evening service, and the church 
continued to pay him his salary and benefits until he was called to the 
Silver Lake Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC, nearly six months later. 

An Interim Pastoral Committee was elected, with Chuck Moy as 
the Chairman. Dr. Kurt Richardson, Assistant Professor of Historical 
Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, was recom- 
mended to the Committee. He supplied the pulpit for a couple of 
Sundays and was then called as the Interim Pastor. Dr. Richardson 
and his wife, Delores, have three small children. 

A Pastor Search Committee was elected on April 21. Jerry Harris 
was the Chairman, and Rev Austin Lovin was the Vice Chairman. 
They began weekly meetings right away, and soon adopted a plan of 
action, based upon a manual for Pastor Search Committees, pub- 
lished by the Baptist Sunday School Board. 

Friendly Avenue joined with several other churches in sponsoring 
a "Habitat for Humanity" house. This included sharing in the costs and 
also helping with the actual construction of the house. By this time, the 
church plant was badly in need of painting and a general "fixup." A 
large number of members turned out for a Saturday Work Day for this. 

The time of the Sunday evening worship service was moved to 
6:00 p.m., in July, upon recommendation by the deacons. The Annual 
Patriotic Worship Service was held Sunday, June 30, with retired 
Chaplain (General) Jim Gardner, as the guest preacher. 

Vacation Bible School enrolled 257 and had an average atten- 
dance of 170. A revised set of By-Laws for the Weekday Learning 
Center was adopted in August. Dr. Kenneth Hemphill, who later 
became President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 
was the evangelist for the Fall Revival. 

A budget of $707,015 for 1992 was approved in November. Pat 
Frazier, Associational WMU President, did a monologue about Lottie 
Moon at the church's Thanksgiving Banquet. She had become local- 
ly famous for her monologues about Southern Baptist missionaries. 



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1992 

Dr. Allen Moseley, from Durham, NC, taught the Book of Isaiah 
for the Winter Bible Study. Sunday School attendance reached as 
high as 510 in January. 

The Pastor Search Committee continued to work hard at trying to 
find a pastor for the church. A man they were about to recommend to 
the church withdrew his name after a serious medical problem was 
discovered during a routine medical exam. 

Bob Eatmon became the Coordinator for Baptist Men. They 
began having monthly breakfast meetings. 

World Missions Day, in March, featured Dr. William Wagner, who 
was a member of the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board, as the 
preacher for the morning service. FABC's own missionary-in-residence, 
Miss Shirley Gunn, from Nigeria, spoke during the evening worship 
hour. Several men in the church, led by Ed Malone, began a Jail 
Ministry. 

Dr. Richardson led a study of the Book of Proverbs on Sunday 
nights, and he also preached a series of sermons on the Life of Jesus 
on Sunday mornings. Dale Sloan resigned as Minister of Education. 
Dr. A.L. Parker, the church's Pastor Emeritus, was also elected 
Minister of Visitation and Special Needs. 

Dr. Ronald Hill, and his wife, Evelyn, became missionaries-in- 
residence at FABC. They had been Southern Baptist missionaries to 
Thailand for forty years, and were scheduled to retire after a year's 
furlough. 

Rev. Jimmy Edwards, who had just retired as a Vice-President of 
the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board, was recommended by the 
Pastor Search Committee as a candidate to be the new pastor. He and 
his wife came for a reception on Saturday, Oct. 3, and then he 
preached for members on Sunday morning. A vote was taken imme- 
diately following the service, with 354 (94%) for calUng him, and 23 
opposed. 



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He first turned the church down, then he asked FABC to re-con- 
sider him, and another vote was taken. Yet, Rev. Edwards again 
decided not to accept a call to the church. 

Jerry Harris resigned from the Pastor Search Committee not long 
after this all took place. He had done an excellent job as Chairman, 
before resigning for personal reasons. 

Rev. Austin Lovin became the new chairman, and John Simms 
and Mac McLean were elected as alternates for the Pastor Search 
Committee. 

The Lottie Moon offering again surpassed its goal. 

1993 

Dr. Richardson preached a series of sermons on the Book of Acts, 
and another series on the Sermon On The Mount. Weekly prayer 
meetings were held for the Pastor Search Committee. The church 
assumed responsibility for helping a Montagnard family get settled in 
Greensboro. At least $3,200 was raised and used to pay their rent and 
utilities for several months. In less than a year, the family had become 
self-supporting. 

The windows and the ceiling in the sanctuary were badly in need 
of painting, so a special offering of $4,000 was asked for to pay for 
the paint and other materials needed. Volunteers would do the work. 
The money was raised by May and the painting was done. 

Dr. Richardson went to Russia at his own expense to lecture and 
preach in Moscow and another large Russian city. He found many 
hungry to hear the Gospel. Ron and Evelyn Hill retired from the 
Foreign Mission Board and moved into a house that they had pur- 
chased earlier. Steve and Paula King became the new missionaries- 
in-residence. 

After nearly two-and-a-half years of diligent searching. Dr. 
Marvin R. Gibson, from Tampa, Florida, was recommended to the 
church as the new pastor. The vote was taken on Sunday, July 18, and 



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he received a strong call, with 96% of those voting being for him. He 
began his ministry on August 16, and he preached his first sermon as 
Senior Pastor on August 22. 

Dr. Gibson and his wife, Jane, have two daughters, Laura Jane 
and Leslie Rachel. The family did not move to Greensboro until some 
months later. Dr. Gibson lived for a time with Earl and Louise 
Patterson in their new home. 

An Ice Cream Social was held to honor Dr. Richardson on his last 
Sunday as Interim Pastor. It followed the evening service. A love 
offering was also taken for him. 

Several changes were made at Dr. Gibson's request. Budget 
preparation and promotion were moved to January-March, with the 
new budget to begin April 1, 1994. The time of the morning worship 
services was moved from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and the Sunday 
School was to begin at 9: 15 a.m. 

A new "Open Style" podium was installed, replacing the one that 
had been given in honor of Dr. Parker, and the business meetings 
were changed from monthly to quarterly. Rev. Wayne Reich was 
moved from Minister to Youth, to Minister to Children and Director 
of the Weekday Learning Center. 

Mrs. Jennifer Sullivan began teaching an Aerobics class three 
mornings a week in the church's Fellowship Hall. 

*Inreach Program' 

Dr. Gibson began his ministry with an "Inreach Program," which 
meant that he concentrated on getting to know the church members 
as well as possible. He was a "people person" and they responded 
positively to his leadership. 

His favorite saying was "The main thing is to keep the main thing 
the main thing." This referred particularly to keeping the church 
focused on reaching the lost and the unchurched for Christ. 

In October, over 120 persons participated in a Saturday "Fixup 

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Day." Tithes and offerings exceeded budget needs for several months 
after Dr. Gibson's arrival. 

The week after Thanksgiving, several men from the church 
helped Dr. Gibson move his family and furniture from Tampa and 
into a rented house in Greensboro. Dr. Gibson wanted a large house 
to accommodate his leadership style, which included entertaining 
large groups of church members (deacons, key leaders, etc.) from 
time to time. 

The men of the church soon learned that Dr. Gibson was an avid 
car buff, with a large picture of a '55 Ford Crown Victoria on his 
study wall. When the Franklin Mint offered a scale model of that very 
car, a number of men pitched in and bought Dr. Gibson one of them 
for a Christmas present. He was very proud of it, and even showed it 
to the church. 

1994 

In January, Dr. Gibson had planned a series of four Sunday morn- 
ing meetings with the entire Sunday School in the sanctuary for the 
purpose of promoting outreach through the Sunday School. His pro- 
gram was called "It's Time To Reach Out." 

He intended to lead these meetings himself, but he was stricken 
with a malignant brain tumor in middle January, and was operated on 
January 21. The operation was termed a success, but the doctors told 
him that the tumor was the type that would probably return. 

Chuck Moy, a former Deacon Chairman, took over and led the 
meetings for the rest of that month. Dr. Ron Hill preached in Dr. 
Gibson's absence. 

The church responded with an outpouring of loving care, almost 
as one, to Dr. Gibson and his family during his illness. A prayer chain 
for his recovery was begun, food was taken to their house, a love 
offering for extra expenses associated with his illness was taken, and 
several Deacons and others took turns taking Dr. Gibson to his radia- 
tion treatments, and sitting with him at home while Jane was at work. 



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Mrs. Jean Fuqua gave the church new hymnals for the sanctuary 
in memory of her mother, Mrs. Lucille Whitley, who had been a faith- 
ful member for many years before her death not long before this. 

Rev. Dick Cole came to the church in March to lead in a Personal 
Visitation Emphasis for the lost and unchurched. The 1994 Budget of 
$773,660 was approved and it became effective April 1, 1994. 

Resumed Ministry 

Dr. Gibson was determined to resume his preaching ministry and 
he was able to return to the pulpit on Easter Sunday. This had been 
his goal. He was able to resume his pulpit ministry, but his other 
activities had to be limited. He needed extra rest because of the radi- 
ation treatments. 

The Spring Revival featured Dr. John Sullivan on Sunday morn- 
ing and evening, and Dr. Gibson preached Monday through 
Wednesday nights. The church observed its 95th anniversary in June. 

Two new staff mem^bers were added that year. Dennis Woods was 
called as Minister of Education in May, and Rev. Ron Smith was 
called as Minister to Youth in July. 

Unfortunately, the tumor did return, and Dr. Gibson broke down 
while he was preaching the first Sunday morning in July. His wife 
and friends helped him from the pulpit area and took him home. His 
condition worsened from that day on. 

When it became clear that Dr. Gibson would not be able to return 
to the pulpit, he was elected "Honorary Pastor" by the church, and Dr. 
Ron Hill was called as Interim Pastor on September 4. 

Dr. Gibson died later that month. Both the church and his family 
mourned the loss of this gifted preacher and pastor, who had been 
struck down while he was at the peak of his career. The church min- 
istered to the bereaved family. 

As tragic as this good man's illness and death were, God was able 
to work a miracle of His Grace through it. As the church ministered 



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lovingly to Dr. Gibson and his family, a transformation took place. 
Old wounds and divisions seemed to be forgotten in a sweet, loving 
unity of spirit. 

Dr. Ron Hill proved to be just the right man as Interim Pastor. He 
was a very able preacher, and his complete humility and gracious 
spirit enabled him to relate well to all the people. As a result, the 
church's finances and attendance held up well during the months of 
his ministry amongst us. 

A Pastor Search Committee was elected in September, with Dr. 
John Simms as Chairman. Others on the Committee were Chuck 
Lane, Bob Eatmon, Martha Baucom, Geneva Hartgrove, John 
Sullivan, Jim Morgan, Ed Malone, Mac McLean, Jerry Simmons, 
Amy Haynes and Bob Linder. 

Mrs. Grace Overton was honored for her twenty years of service 
as the Church Dietitian. The State Missions Offering goal was 
exceeded, and the Finance Committee instituted a new Purchase 
Order System, to become effective, January 1, 1995. 

A new pictorial directory was published in 1994. 

1995 

Jim Alley resigned as the Minister of Music in January to go to a 
church in Rocky Mount, NC. Dale Sloan was elected Interim Music 
Director, and he did a very commendable job for several months until 
a new man was called. 

"It was a privilege to 'Bridge the Gap' between Jim Alley and 
Frank Justice," said Sloan. "It was not only a time of enjoying work- 
ing with the choir and congregational singing, but it was a time of 
real blessing in my life. 

"It was a very special joy to work with Connie Hastings. Connie 
was the main ingredient during the Interim that made everything 
work well. I thank FABC for the opportunity given to serve the Lord 
through music," he stressed. 



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The church again exceeded the goal for the Lottie Moon 
Christmas Offering for Foreign Missions. 

Jack and Evelyn Frost, the missionaries-in-residence, returned to 
Uganda, East Africa. A New Members Class, to be taught during the 
Sunday School hour, was begun. In March, the Minister to Youth, 
Rev. Ron Smith, resigned to become the pastor of the Sedgefield 
Baptist Church. 

A new pastor was called on April 16 after receiving a 96% favor- 
able vote. He was Rev. Patrick M. Cronin, from Deerfield Beach, 
Florida. He and his wife, Brenda, have two sons and a daughter. Rev. 
Cronin began his ministry at FABC on Sunday, April 23. 

Pastor Pat, as he liked to be called, was tall, handsome, and all 
Irish. 

He grew up in New York City, in an Irish Catholic family, but 
when he was saved, he became a staunch Baptist. 

Rev. Ron Madison was the evangelist for the Spring Revival, 
April 9-12. Dr. Ron Hill was honored with a reception and a love 
offering on April 23 for his ministry as our Interim Pastor. 

A group of our youths went on a Mission Trip to Arlington, Tx., 
June 23-July 1. They prepared two Wednesday night suppers for the 
church early in June to help raise money for this trip. 

An Installation Service was held for the new pastor on Sunday, 
June 25. It was followed by a picnic on the church grounds. Dr. Ron 
Hill and his wife, Evelyn, went to Argentina to attend a missionary 
retreat. 

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Dennis Lovin, U.S. Air Force, preached and 
sang for a special Patriotic Service on July 2. His father. Rev. Austin 
Lovin, preached for the evening service. The church got a lot of 
"Lovin" that day. 



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Sound System 

A new sound system, to cost about $9,500, was authorized in 
July. "Seven Super Sensational Sunday Nights" were featured in 
July and August. They included a drama by the Singles Class, a con- 
cert by Nancy Tippett Eubanks, playing the handbells, and the 
Dixieland Band, led by the church's own Gary Hastings and his 
trumpet. 

Pastor Cronin preached a "State of the Church" message the first 
Sunday in October. A six-weeks intensive visitation effort by five 
teams of visitors resulted in many visitors in Sunday School and sev- 
eral new members. The singles team won with 6,634 contacts. 

Jim Cooke, Jim Hicks, Austin Lovin, Tim Nethery and Bill 
Williams were elected as deacons on November 12. High Attendance 
Day in Sunday School had a goal of 500 and an attendance of 497. 

The By-Laws were changed, at the request of the Pastor, to elect 
a layperson as Moderator of the Church's business sessions, rather 
than the Pastor. Mr. Chuck Moy was elected Moderator. A Living 
Nativity Scene was presented on the church grounds for three nights, 
just before Christmas. 

1996 

Icy weather forced the cancellation of all services for two 
Sundays in January. The parking lot was like an ice-skating rink, and 
the power was also knocked out on one of the Sundays. Frank Justice 
was called as the new Minister of Praise and Worship later that 
month. His wife is Rita. They have two children named James and 
Joshua. A third son, Jacob, was born in 1998. 

Pete Hutts was elected as the new Church Treasurer. 

A reception was held in February for Dale Sloan as Interim Music 
Director and for Connie Hastings as his Associate to thank them for 
the excellent work they did. 

The '96- '97 Budget was presented to the church through a 
"Budget Fair" in March. It was later approved and went into effect 

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April 1. Alex McFarland was ordained by the Macedonia Baptist 
Church, in Liberty, NC, on March 17th. 

Twenty-six trees were bought by church members and they were 
all planted on the church property to help in its beautification. 

Dr. Norman Geisler, internationally known writer and Christian 
philosopher, preached for the church on Sunday, March 3 1 . 

A new nursery security system was installed, paid for in full by 
Dr. Stuart Kossover and his wife, Kim. Each child in the nursery was 
given a number, and if the parent of that child was needed in the nurs- 
ery, that number was flashed upon two screens above the doors at the 
front of the sanctuary. This system proved to be very helpful. 

Bertha Chason was honored for her twenty years as Music 
Librarian. 

Receipts for the '95- '96 budget year exceeded budget needs by 
$18,000. Cooperative Program and Associational Missions gifts, plus 
special mission offerings, totaled $176,946.46 that year. 

Dennis Woods resigned in May as the Minister of Education to go 
to the Book Store Division of the Baptist Sunday School Board. This 
involved several months of training, during which our church sup- 
plemented his income. 

Forty-five of our men attended the Maximum Man Conference at 
the Westover Church in May. A group of our men went to Brazil to 
help build a mission church building. 



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Renovation Project 
Approved 

Families Commit To Program 



The church approved by an 83 percent majority vote the Ad Hoc 
Building Committee's recommendation for a two and one-half mil- 
lion dollar renovation and expansion program. 

In 1996 the people of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church made a 
commitment to replace the heating/air cooling system and to renovate 
the Sanctuary. Following the expertise of Cargill Associates of Texas, 
a Capital Stewardship Campaign was organized, using the theme 
"Building a Bridge To The Next Century." 

A Steering Committee of 47 people was led by Campaign 
Directors Newling and Sara Richey and John and Kathy Simms. The 
church staff provided "behind the scenes" leadership and Dale and 
Martha Sloan coordinated the campaign. 

It came to a focus on Commitment Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996. Two 
hundred forty-six families committed to give $1,017,072.60 over 
three years. On Sunday, Dec. 15, the church began to "Build A 
Bridge" as members gave $125,052.86 in the First Fruits Offering. 

Rev. Jack Morris, former pastor of the Sixteenth Street Baptist 
Church in Greensboro, was called as the Minister of Education in 



August. Because the church was still supplementing Dennis Woods' 
income at this time, Rev. Morris served several months on a part-time 
basis, before he became the full-time Minister of Education. 

Rev. Morris, a native of Greenville, S. C, arrived at FABC in 
1996 with a varied background in church and secular work. 

Before serving as pastor at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church for 10 
years, he filled such roles as Christian school administrator and asso- 
ciate pastor in Lexington, minister of youth in Tennessee and exten- 
sion Bible Teacher at Piedmont Bible College. 

He's been involved in numerous church-related workshops and 
crusades. Rev. Morris also has worked as a credit manager in the sec- 
ular field before devoting full time to church activities. 

His wife is Lina, an English teacher in public schools. They have 
three grown children: Jeanne, Jeff and Carl. 

"My No.l priority is to develop a strong Bible Study Ministry," 
said Rev. Morris. "This is done through Christ-centered programs 
reaching people and discipling them." 

Tithes and offerings in 1996 ran about a thousand dollars a week 
below budget needs. There were 536 in Bible study the first Sunday 
in October. 

The Church Choir presented a Christmas Pageant, "From 
Heaven's Throne" on December 6,7, and 8. This was in the place of 
the traditional "Singing Christmas Tree." It was thought that the sanc- 
tuary would not be available for this. 

Wayne Reich resigned as Minister to Children and Director of the 
Weekday Learning Center. 

1997 

Pastor Cronin preached a series of sermons from Philippians 
early that year. He and 13 other men and women went to Argentina, 
February 28-March 10 to help the missionaries there. 



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Because the Fellowship Hall would not be usable during its ren- 
ovation and the installation of the new heating-cooling system, the 
Adults 2 and 3 Departments had to be relocated in the West Wing of 
the Educational Building. This involved the senior adults of the 
church. They were asked to be faithful and flexible, and they 
responded by adjusting to their new locations without complaints. 

The Singles Group in Sunday School continued to grow and to be 
very active. 

The Keenage Choir grew to 25 persons or more, including seven 
men. Sometimes they were asked to sing for both the Sunday night 
and the Wednesday morning and evening services. 

Pledges to the Building Fund were to be paid monthly over a peri- 
od of thirty-six months. During 1997, the first year of the Campaign, 
pledges were being paid ahead of schedule. A budget of $963,000 for 
'97- '98 was adopted in March. 

"Team Kid," a Bible-centered program for kids 2 years old 
through the sixth grade, was begun May 28, and it proved to be very 
successful. The group, which went to Argentina, reported 32 deci- 
sions plus many other blessings to them. The Annie Armstrong Easter 
Offering for Home Missions exceeded its goal of $4,000. 

Several persons from the church were involved in the Bill Glass 
Crusade at the Coliseum May 25-June 1. Several of the Youth at 
FABC went to Memphis, TN for a week to work with children in the 
inner city. 

Little Colette Parker, granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Parker, died 
after a seven-year battle with cancer. Her courage and sweet spirit 
throughout this long ordeal became an inspiration to all who knew 
about it. The church had joined with many others in praying for 
recovery over these years. 

Mrs. Denise Matthews was called as the new Director for the 
Weekday Learning Center. Her training and previous experience 
made her especially well equipped for her new job. 



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The church began collecting canned fruit for Urban Ministries 
September 7, and it continued this ministry the first Sunday in each 
month. Dr. Doris Henderson, who recently retired after many years as 
principal of an elementary school in the city, became Volunteer 
Director of Outreach for the church, beginning September 2. 

Rick Stanley, step-brother of Elvis Presley, was the evangelist for 
the Fall Revival, September 12-17. 

Plans to Move 

Dr. and Mrs. A.L. Parker announced to the church that they were 
making plans to move to the Brookridge Retirement Center, in 
Winston-Salem, as soon as some new facilities were completed there 
in the summer of 1998. This would later involve selling the parson- 
age which the Parkers had lived in before and since his retirement. 

The Parkers moved in July. 

Sixteen members of the Keenage Choir went to the State Senior 
Choir Workshop in Charlotte in October. Also, seventeen men, 
including the pastor, went to Washington, D.C. for the "Promise 
Keepers Rally" that same month. An estimated one-million men 
came from all over the country for this. 

The proposed plans for completely redoing and expanding the 
sanctuary were shown to the church in October. These plans called 
for reversing the sanctuary, and increasing its seating capacity to 
1,200. The response was mixed, but there was never a vote on this. 

An Ad Hoc Committee called for several bids on the renovations 
and the bids that came back were so much higher than expected that 
the Committee decided that it would be wiser to come up with more 
modest plans that the church could afford. 

The church was asked to assist the Samaritan's Purse "Shoe Box 
Ministry," which called for toys and other items for a child, to be 
enclosed in a shoe box. The response was strong, with 311 shoe boxes 
being given. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, heads this ministry. 



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The Minister to Students and Youth, Rev. Alex McFarland, 
announced his resignation, effective January 1, 1998, to undertake an 
evangehstic ministry to be called "Faith in Focus." 

The church was saddened by the death of Mrs. Hazel Moore, one 
of the faithful senior adults, whose house adjoined the church's prop- 
erty on the west side, facing Jefferson Road. Police believed some- 
one had murdered her in her home on a Sunday afternoon or evening, 
and then set fire to the house in an effort to cover up the crime. 

This crime had not been solved two years later. The remains of 
the house were eventually removed and the property was sold to the 
church for $33,000. 

The church had a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday 
night before Thanksgiving Day. It was well attended. The church par- 
lor was completely redone and refurnished, thanks to the generosity 
of Mrs. Louise Patterson and others. 

Children sponsored a "Teddy Bear Christmas Tree" which result- 
ed in a tree full of teddy bears which were given to the Guilford 
County Sheriff's Department. 

The "Living Nativity Scene" was performed again that year. Also, 
a "White Christmas" ministry, aimed at providing presents for babies 
at the Pregnancy Care Center, was promoted with excellent results. 

1998 

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, 
formerly called Foreign Missions, again exceeded its goal. A discus- 
sion of Creation vs. Evolution was given by Charles Liebert on 
January 18. Also, a reception and love offering was held for Rev. 
Alex McFarland and his wife on the night of January 18, as they 
embarked on their new evangelistic ministry. 

The Historical Committee began its task of producing a history of 
the first one hundred years of the church in book form. The commit- 
tee met numerous times during the year, with various tasks being del- 
egated to individual members of the Committee. 

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The Friendly Avenue Baptist Church sponsored a "God Save 
America Rally" at the Carolina Theater on Monday night, February 
16. Dr. Jerry Falwell was the preacher. A combined choir from 
Friendly Avenue, Hunter Hills and Pleasant Garden Baptist 
Churches, plus other guest vocalists, provided the music. The weath- 
er turned out to be bad that night, but an estimated 1,350 persons 
attended anyway. 

The 1998-'99 Budget, which was over $35,000 less than the pre- 
vious budget, was approved unanimously in March. 

Plans for renovating the sanctuary, plus replacing all of the win- 
dows in the educational wings, except the Weekday Learning Center 
Building, new pews, etc., were presented to the church in March. The 
whole project would cost an estimated one-million dollars. The plans 
were approved by a 96% majority vote on April 5. 

A tornado almost destroyed the small town of Stoneville, NC, 
about 35 miles northwest of Greensboro. FABC joined with many 
other churches in taking an offering for victims. A sum of $2,101.75 
was received. 

Easter Sunday 

Two morning services were held on Easter Sunday. This was the 
second time for Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. It was also a prepa- 
ration for the future, as the worship services were moved into the com- 
pleted renovated Fellowship Hall in May, so that the renovation of the 
sanctuary could begin. 

Comfortable new chairs were purchased and set up in the Fellowship 
Hall. The people handled the move without difficulty. There were two 
morning services, one at 8:00 a.m., followed by Sunday School at 9:15 
a.m., and the second worship service was at 10:30 a.m. 

Attendance and offerings held up well during the months this 
arrangement was used. The church members displayed a sweet spirit 
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The Parkers, in moving to Winston-Salem, had their work cut out 
for them, trying to decide what to keep and what to give to family 
members, or to sell. Sara was reputed to be a "string saver," which 
means that she never threw anything away, so the house was full from 
the basement to the attic. They worked on this for months, boxing up 
things in preparation for the move. 

Their new apartment was ready for them in July, so on July 22 the 
moving van loaded up and took their belongings to Winston-Salem. 
Their spacious apartment included two bedrooms and two baths. Those 
who visited the Parkers in their new home reported that Sara had 
everything arranged very attractively. 

The newly renovated Sanctuary was just the right setting for the 
celebration of the church's 100th anniversary in 1999. It was time to 
celebrate on January 24, when the first service was held before an 
overflow crowd in the sanctuary. 

Fellowship Hall was used for those not able to find seats in the 
sanctuary. They watched on a screen. Among the crowd of 830 was Dr. 
Parker and wife Sara. 



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A Glorious Day 



Significant Date, Beautiful Sanctuary 



Pastor Emeritus Dr. A. L. Parker described the special day thus- 
ly: 

"Sunday, Jan. 24,1999, was a glorious day in the life of the 
Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. 

One lengthy and meaningful service was held Sunday morning, 
in a completely redecorated and beautiful Sanctuary. 

Stained glass windows in all of their beauty, both from the inside 
and the outside, set the tone for the furnishings of the Sanctuary. New 
pews rested upon the wine red carpet. New chandeliers looked down 
upon a completely-filled sanctuary of worshipping people. 

The Baptistery was filled with water and two ministers baptized 
a large number (13) of people into church membership. 

The good preaching by a young man, John Chandler, and excel- 
lent singing by the musicians set the tone for the call for decisions. A 
number of these were made. 

Many people lingered to meet "old" friends and fellowship 
together. The day will long be remembered." 

Added Mrs. Parker, "The above words completely express my 
feelings and I might add that my heart overflowed with joy when I sat 



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and heard Johnny preach a sermon which will long be remembered 
by his former pastor's wife. 

Seeing how he has allowed God to guide his life is an inspiration 
to me. It was a thrill to see many other of the young people who are 
now adults. I was privileged to sit by and hold Sarah Osborne's hand. 
To hear her say that she had been a member of Asheboro Street and 
Friendly Avenue Baptist Church almost 90 years. 

She is truly a part of the 100 years celebration." 

From Pastor Pat Cronin: 

"It will always be a significant date in the history of FABC. The 
church dedicated the beautiful Sanctuary to the glory of God. 

As we gathered, many were overwhelmed with emotion by the 
beauty and elegance of the Sanctuary. 

Praise, Prayers, Baptisms (13), Giving, Preaching, Dedicating, 
Deciding and Uniting were all contributors to this great day for Jesus. 
I also believe the worship plan, the hymns, choir anthems, speaker 
and soloist were spirit-led as members experienced two hours and 
twenty minutes of worshipping the Savior. 

This building program was certainly a lesson in "finding" the will 
of God for the church. Pastorally, I believe members made the right 
and Godly decision and that is why it has been an experience of 
Celebration and thanksgiving. 

Remember, this is only a beginning for there is much work to be 
accomplished, physically, but m.ore importantly, spiritually. To God 
be the glory, great things He has done." 

Sanctuary Renovation 

The complete renovation of the sanctuary was completed early in 
1999, and it added much to the celebration of the church's One 
Hundredth Anniversary. 



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It had been literally stripped bare, including the ceiling, windows, 
floors and wall. It was then rebuilt, with the new heating-cooling sys- 
tem installed in the space above the ceiling, new carpets on the floors, 
and two sections of 21 -foot pews. There was a center isle, and two 
outside isles. 

The original doors from the vestibule into the sanctuary were 
replaced with doors for the center isle, and the two outside isles. The 
pulpit area was greatly expanded, and there was a new baptistry. The 
ceiling was new, as were the chandeliers for lighting. 

All of the windows in the sanctuary had stained glass installed, 
covered by Plexiglas for protection and insulation. A "Bride's Room" 
was created behind the balcony pews. 

This room was large enough to be used also for a Sunday School 
room or for meetings. 

The brick walls were covered with sheetrock, with attractive 
molding around the windows and doors. The seating capacity, includ- 
ing the choir and balcony areas, was over 600. 

These changes completely transformed the Sanctuary into a truly 
beautiful place of worship. , 

An even bigger celebration, which would commemorate the 
100th anniversary of this church, followed later in 1999. 



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The Pastors 



Beginning In 1899 



July, 1899-1901 Rev. J. A. Hackney 

1901-1903 Rev. J. M. Hendley 

1904-1905 Rev. Thomas Carrick 

Jan. - Nov. 1906 Rev. Charles E. Maddry 

1906-1908 Rev. A. C. Hamby 

1908-1912 Rev. W. F. Staley 

1912-1915 Rev. R. R Walker 

1916-1920 Rev. Raleigh White 

1920-1930 Rev. B. K. Mason 

1930-1934 Rev. J. Lester Lane 

1934-1950 Rev. J. Ben Eller 

March 1950-October 1982 Dr. A. L. Parker 

December 1982-March 1991 Dr. Michael K. Moore 

March 1991 -August 1993 (Interim) Dr. Kurt Richardson 

August 1993-September 1994 Dr. Marvin R. Gibson 

September 1994- April 1995 (Interim) Dr. Ronald Hill 

April 16, 1995-Present Rev. Patrick M. Cronin 

Rev. John Albert Hackney 
1899-1901 

John Albert Hackney, the church's first pastor, was bom April 10, 
1865, to William Grey and Lydia Margaret Burke Hackney in 
Chatham County. John was their only child by his first wife, who 



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died, and he re-married. This time it was to Rachel Elizabeth 
Trogden. They had ten children, two of whom died at birth. Three 
boys and five girls survived. 

Rev. Hackney was ordained by the Sandy Branch Baptist Church, 
in Chatham County. He pastored a number of churches in North 
Carolina. He helped organized the church that later became the 
Asheboro Street Baptist Church, and served as its first pastor. 

He died in his sleep on August 8, 1928 at his home and was 
buried at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church cemetary in Guilford County. 

Rev. Thomas Carrick 
1904-1905 

Rev. Thomas Carrick was born near High Rock Lake in Davidson 
County, April 11, 1850. He was educated at Abbot's Creek, Wake 
Forest College, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in 
Louisville, Ky. 

While still a young man, he married Miss Mary Bain, of High 
Point, NC. Dr. J.B. Richardson was his intellectual and spiritual 
father, or mentor. He prepared him at Abbot's Creek for college, and 
led him into Christian service. 

He served as pastor of various churches in North Carolina for 
forty-seven years, beginning in Greenville, NC, where he founded 
the Memorial Baptist Church. He also founded the Main Street 
Baptist Church in High Point. He was a charter member of the Board 
of Trustees of the Baptist Orphanage in Thomas ville, and served in 
this capacity for forty-eight years. 

Rev. Carrick served as pastor of the Southside Baptist Church in 
1904-1905. Dr. William Louis Poteat, his college classmate, said of 
him: "He was a good man, widely useful, sincere, and courageous in 
maintaining an inflexible standard of the upright life." Rev. Carrick 
died May 22, 1935, in High Point, NC. 



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Rev. Charles Edward Maddry 
1906 

Charles Edward Maddry was born April 10, 1876 near Chapel 
Hill, N.C. He attended the Canada School in Chapel Hill and the 
University of N.C. where he was awarded a Ph.B. in 1903. Rev. 
Maddry later attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 
Louisville, Ky., and the University of Texas. 

After graduation he served several small churches and was 
ordained at Chapel Hill (now University) Baptist in 1902. During 
the period of 1901-1904 he served as superintendent of the Orange 
County Schools. 

He pastored the First Baptist Church in Hillsboro, N.C; 
Asheboro Street Baptist of Greensboro, N.C; College Park of 
Greensboro, N.C; First Baptist in Raleigh, N.C; and the University 
Baptist Church in Austin, Tx. 

Rev. Maddry was called from Texas back to his native state. 
North Carolina, to become Executive Secretary of the Baptist State 
Convention of North Carolina. After serving in this capacity for 1 1 
years he was appointed as the sixth Executive Secretary of the 
Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

The biographer of a sketch of Maddry characterized his accom- 
plishments and unceasing activities from 1933 to 1944 as follows: 

"When he became secretary in the midst of the depression the 
board was more than one-million dollars in debt and had no more 
borrowing power. In 1944, for the first time since its creation in 
1845, the board was able to report no indebtedness. 

Rev. Maddry led the board through most of the difficult days of 
World War II and prepared the way for postwar advance. When he 
retired the board had 504 missionaries under appointment. 

Other achievements of his administration were the establishment 
of a pension plan for missionaries (1933); the publication of The 
Commission, a missionary journal (began in 1938) which he edited 



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for five years; election of regional secretaries to direct overseas work; 
the establishment of a department for missionary personnel 1943), 
and tightening requirements for missionary appointment; distribution 
of more than one-million dollars in relief funds in famine -stricken 
areas of the world and opening mission work in Hawaii and 
Columbia." 

Dr. Maddry married Emma Parker of Hillsboro, N.C., in 1906. 
They had one daughter, Catherine (Mrs. R.W. Severance) of 
Montgomery, Alabama. 

Dr. Maddry died of a heart attack September 17, 1962 in 
Hillsboro, N.C. 

Robert P. Walker 
1912-1915 

Robert R Walker was bom in Orange County, North Carolina in 
August of 1873. He was saved at an early age and ordained by his 
home church and became a full-time worker in the gospel ministry. 

Later he received a AB degree from Wake Forest College. After 
graduation from Southern Baptist Seminary, Rev. Walker began work 
as missionary pastor of the North and South Henderson churches in 
the Tar Hill Association. 

He pastored churches at Wilkesboro, Asheville and Littleton, 
after which he became pastor of the Asheboro Street Baptist Church 
in Greensboro in 1912 and remained until 1915. 

Rev. Walker accepted a call to the First Baptist Church in 
Albemarle and then to Southside Church in Wilmington. 

He was married to Margaret Taylor in Springfield, Mo. Rev. 
Walker died in 1918 at his home in Wilmington. 

A.C. Hamby 
1906-1908 

Andrew Cleveland Hamby was bom August in 1876 in the west- 



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en part of North Carolina. He was married to Nannie Gertrude Lynch. 
They had four children. Lynch, Earnestine, Lucille and Mary. 

Rev. Hamby served as pastor of a rural Baptist church in 
Kentucky while still a student at Southern Baptist Seminary. 

After graduation he pastored several churches in North Carolina. 
They included Asheboro Street Baptist in Greensboro, First Baptist 
of Clayton and First Baptist in Mebane. 

, He died in 1942. 

W. Raleigh White 
1916-1920 

Raleigh White began his ministry at the Asheboro Street Baptist 
Church in December, 1915. A new building had just been completed 
at a cost of $11,000. 

A debt of about $3,600 remained when the pastor arrived though 
the church was being helped by the State Mission Board. It was a 
small congregation and not many enrolled in Sunday School. 

While Rev. White was pastor the church became self-supporting 
and did not need the help of the Mission Board. The Sunday School 
was graded with a large percent of teachers holding Normal diplo- 
mas. 

The congregation grew and attendance was excellent at both 
morning and evening services. By 1917, the debt had been paid in 
full and on Thanksgiving morning the church had a service of praise 
and appreciation. 

Rev. B.K. Mason 
1920-1930 

Rev. B.K. Mason was born about 1868 in Davie County, and he 
grew up on a farm there in the Fork Community. He was educated in 
the local schools, and in a day when few people went to college, he 
was determined to get a good education. 



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He graduated from Wake Forest College in 1891. After his grad- 
uation, he taught school in Advance, in Davie County, for three years. 
He also held the office of County Examiner of Public Schools. 

He was ordained for the full work of the Gospel Ministry by the 
Forks Baptist Church, August 26, 1894. Rev. S.F. Conrad, who was 
pastor at that time, stated that Rev. Mason's ordination was one of the 
main events while he was pastor of this church. 

In 1896, Elder Mason (they were called "Elders" instead of 
"Rev." in those days) married Miss Fannie Richardson, the music 
teacher in Advance. They had two children, a daughter, Rellie, who 
died at the age of seven, and a son, John Dennis, who later lived in 
Abington, VA. 

Mrs. Mason died in 1903. Rev. Mason served as pastor of church- 
es in Marion, Williamston and Winston-Salem, NC, where he mar- 
ried Miss Eunice Lillian Davis, of Yadkin County. They had two chil- 
dren. Marguerite and Broadus.. 

From Winston-Salem, he was called to Mullins, SC, for six years, 
and then to the Fourth Street Baptist Church, Portsmouth, VA, where 
he served for seven years. He then returned to North Carolina as pas- 
tor of the Asheboro Street Baptist Church from 1920-1930. 

He retired from the active ministry when he left Asheboro Street, 
and he and his family moved to Winston-Salem. He was soon called 
as pastor of the New Friendship Baptist Church, where he served 
until 1936. He later served as interim pastor and supply preacher for 
a number of churches. 

Dr. Ralph Herring, long-time pastor of the First Baptist Church, 
Winston-Salem, wrote a tribute to Rev. Mason which was printed in the 
Bibhcal Recorder. He wrote, "His scholastic attainments, his knowl- 
edge of the Book of Books, his adherence to Scriptural methods, his 
pleasing and friendly personality, his ability to present the message of 
Salvation, his interest in, and his love for the unsaved, along with his 
many years in the pastorate, make him equally effective in the pulpit of 
the finest "First Church," or the smallest country church." 



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There are two "firsts" to which Brother Mason can well lay claim: 
He was the first preacher to popularize the "interim pastor" ideas in 
this area. He was also the first pastor to lead his church to put the 
BIBLICAL RECORDER in the budget while he was at Asheboro 
Street. Believing that the membership of Baptist churches must be 
informed, he delighted in urging other churches to follow his exam- 
ple. He lived well into his eighties. 

Rev. Mason was a wonderful preacher. He had a great sense of 
humor. When he made visits into homes, he always brought lollipops 
for the children. 

Mrs. Mason was an inspiring leader in the Women's Missionary 
Union and provided outstanding leadership for young people. Some 
of these young people became future leaders of the church. 

Rev. James Lester Lane 
1930-1934 

Rev. Lane was bom in Chnch County, GA, on June 15, 1895. He 
attended a county school in Hoboken, GA, and finished high school 
at the Piedmont Institute. From the time he became a Christian, he 
knew he wanted to preach God's message. He was ordained by the 
First Baptist Church, Waycross, GA, on April 11, 1915, a year before 
he graduated from high school. 

He graduated from the University of Richmond on June 9, 1920, 
and then went to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in 
Louisville, KY, where he met Grace Olive, from Apex, NC. They 
were married on June 6, 1922. 

While at the seminary. Rev. Lane pastored churches at 
Shepherdsville and Nicholasville, KY. He graduated in June, 1923, 
and was immediately called as pastor of the First Baptist Church, 
Bedford, VA. He remained there until January, 1930, when he 
became the pastor of the Asheboro Street Baptist Church, 
Greensboro, NC. 

He served ASBC until July, 1934. His other pastorates were: First 



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Baptist, Greer, SC (1934-45), First Baptist, Suffolk, VA (1945-48), 
and Calvary Baptist Church, Asheville, NC (1948-1960). 

He retired in 1960 and over the next fourteen years he served as 
interim pastor of 20 churches in North Carolina, Georgia, and 
Florida. 

The Lanes have two boys and one daughter: James L. Lane, Jr., 
William Thomas Lane, of Franklin, NC, and Jean Lane Price of Black 
Mountain, NC. James L. Jr. died in 1964 of leukemia. Rev. Lane died 
December 1, 1974. His wife died May 10, 1993. 

Rev. Jesse Benjamin Eller 
1934-1950 

Rev. J. Ben Eller was born in a mountain home in Madison 
County, NC, October 1, 1882. His parents were William Elbert and 
Judith Branson Eller. They were both natives of Madison County and 
faithful Christians. 

The Filers were farmers and they had little worldly goods. So 
when Ben decided that he wanted to go to college and become a 
lawyer, he went to Mars Hill College. Dr. Robert Lee Moore, 
President of the college, encouraged young men and women with lit- 
tle means to come and work their way through. 

Ben became an able speaker and debater while at Mars Hill. He 
was also fun loving, always up to some harmless prank on one of his 
fellow students. 

Since Mars Hill was a Junior College, Ben went on to Wake 
Forest College after he graduated from Mars Hill. God called him to 
preach in 1908, while he was still in college. This didn't fit in with 
his dream of becoming a lawyer, and he had quite a struggle within 
himself before he finally surrendered and accepted God's will in the 
matter. 

Immediately after his graduation from Wake Forest, he was called 
to his first full-time pastorate-the Lee Street Baptist Church, in 



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Danville, VA. He had a fruitful ministry there until he left in 1913 to 
go to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, KY. 

He graduated with a Th M degree in May, 1916. He was imme- 
diately called to the West Durham Baptist Church in Durham, NC. 

While at the seminary, he met Miss Ruth Cozart, who was attend- 
ing the WMU Training School. They fell head-over-heels in love and 
were married September 16, 1916, soon after he went to Durham. 

The Ellers had six children: Judith, Ben Jr., (who died in 1924), 
Luke, Jane, Ruth and James. 

Ben distinguished himself wherever he served. In July, 1919, he 
became the pastor of the First Baptist Church, Salem, VA. On 
November 5, 1922, he moved to the First Baptist Church, States ville, 
NC. From there, he was called in August, 1934, to the Asheboro 
Street Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. 

He served this church until March, 1950. He was 67 by this time, 
and he had intended to retire and live in a house provided by the 
Asheboro Street Church, but a small church in Coats, NC, called him 
and he served this church for ten years. 

Finally, in March, 1960, he resigned and he and Ruth moved to 
Raleigh. Two of their married children lived in the Raleigh area. Ben 
developed a serious heart problem, and it grew steadily worse. He 
died quietly at home in Raleigh in June, 1966. 

Dr. Andrew Leroy Parker, Jr. 
1950-1982 

A. Leroy Parker was born February 1, 1915, in Birmingham, AL. 
His parents were Dr. A.L. Parker, Sr., a dentist, and Clare Hagan 
Parker, who was a pharmacist. During the early 1930s, Dr. Parker 
closed his dental office and moved his family to a farm outside 
Gadsden, AL. for a few years. 

He later moved the family back to Birmingham, where he bought 
a drug store. It had a dental office in the back of the store. 



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Leroy was saved when he was thirteen years old. His Sunday School 
teacher, a young lawyer, came to his house and sat with Leroy on the 
porch swing, explaining the plan of salvation. Leroy accepted Christ as 
his Savior at that time. 

With both of his parents involved in medicine, it was no wonder that 
A.L. Parker prepared to become a medical doctor. He did his college work 
at Birmingham Southern College, his graduate work at the University of 
Tennessee, and his internship at the University of Chicago, where he 
earned his Doctor of Medicine degree. 

The summer after he graduated from the University of Chicago, God 
called him into the Gospel Ministry. He responded by enrolling in the 
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, KY, where he met 
Sara Kanoy, who was a student at the WMU Training School. She soon 
became Mrs. A.L. Parker. 

While he was at the seminary, Dr. Parker pastored the Auburndale 
Mission of the Carlisle Baptist Church for two years. After his gradua- 
tion in 1943, he was called to the First Baptist Church, Honea-Path, SC, 
where he served until 1950. 

When the Asheboro Street Baptist Church began its search for a pas- 
tor in 1950, after Rev. J. Ben Eller retired, several denominational lead- 
ers urged Asheboro members to check out the young pastor in Honea- 
Path, SC. They did, and he was soon called as the church's new pastor. 

They have two children, Sandra and Bill. 

Thus began Dr. Parker's ministry of thirty-two plus years. It includ- 
ed starting the Parkway Baptist Church, and relocating the Asheboro 
Street Baptist Church across town on Friendly Road (later changed to 
Friendly Ave.). 

Dr. Parker was 35 years old when he came to ASBC. 

He served two years as President of the Baptist State Convention of 
North Carolina (1958-1960), and his President's message to the 
Convention in 1959 was so inspiring that the State Convention approved 
a resolution related to it, which they asked Dr. Parker to present to the 



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Southern Baptist Convention. He did this in 1960 and it led to "The 
Bold Mission Thrust." 

Changing Times 

As was true in many cities during the 1950's, the neighborhood 
around Asheboro Street Baptist Church was undergoing change. 

Through prayer and planning the leadership of Asheboro Street 
Baptist Church made a decision to have an open-door policy for wor- 
shipers, including all races and classes. That far-sighted outlook 
removed any potential problem in the future at Asheboro Street 
Baptist Church. 

One Sunday a young black couple came to the church door. An 
usher greeted and seated them, and they worshipped with the con- 
gregation. 

On that same Sunday another black couple appeared at another 
church on Asheboro Street. They were not allowed to enter. News 
photographers were there and the next day the paper had pictures and 
a story of that incident. 

Nothing was ever mentioned in the paper, either pro or con, about 
the experience at Asheboro Street Baptist Church. 

The Principal and Dr. Parker 

In the late 1950's it was announced that black children would 
start attending Gillespie Junior High School on the opening day. The 
principal contacted Dr. Parker and asked him to come and lead a 
devotional time in the auditorium. 

The principal wanted God's guidance in a special way. When the 
pastor arrived at the school yard many people had gathered, includ- 
ing photographers for local papers and national news magazines. 

News media were there because they thought there might be a 
confrontation. Dr. Parker walked through the crowd and went into the 
school office. Soon a taxi stopped in front of the school. A black lady 



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with two children got out and entered the building after passing the 
crowd without a problem. 

People watched, but no incident occurred. Black and white chil- 
dren entered into what had previously been an all-white school. The 
news personnel left after seeing that there was a peaceful entrance 
and that there was nothing that they wanted to record. 

It was the first day that schools were integrated in Greensboro. 

Dr. Parker was very diligent in his hospital and nursing home vis- 
itation. He also emphasized evangelism in his church and association, 
and in the Billy Graham Crusade in Greensboro in 1951. 

Though Dr. Parker "retired" from FABC in 1982, he continued to 
be very active as an interim pastor for a number of churches, and he 
also continued to visit and conduct regular services in several nurs- 
ing homes. He had become one of the best known and loved pastors 
in the city. 

Altogether, he served 13 different churches on an interim basis 
after leaving FABC. Dr. Parker also visited local hospitals regularly, 
conducted services at Cone Extended Care, Oakhurst Nursing Home 
and Cone Hospital. 

Other regular stops were at Wesley Long Extended Care, 
Heritage Greens, Evergreens, Britthaven, Friendship Cares and oth- 
ers too numerous to mention. 

In addition Dr. Parker found time to help with Jail Ministry and 
tutoring ministry. Nor did he forget to visit the Home Bound. 

In 1998 the Parkers moved from the parsonage on West Market 
Street to the Brookridge Retirement Center, in Winston-Salem, where 
they now live in a lovely two-bedroom apartment. 

Dr. Michael K. Moore 
1982-1991 

Michael K. Moore was born March 26, 1943, in Seneca, SC. His 
parents were Mormons and he was raised as a Mormon. He served in 

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the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War (1961 -'65). Dr. Moore was 
converted to faith in Christ as his Savior in 1965, and began his min- 
istry as a preacher of the Gospel in 1967. 

He attended Anderson College, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree 
from Furman University in 1970, and a Master of Divinity Degree in 
1974, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in 1975 from Southeastern 
Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. During his grad- 
uate work, he served as Old Testament Fellow to Professor J. Leo 
Green, and he also became President of the Student Body. 

Before coming to Friendly Avenue, he was pastor of the First 
Baptist Church, Mooresville, NC. During the nine years that Dr. 
Moore served as FABC pastor, many new members were enrolled in 
Sunday School, and church membership grew steadily. The operating 
budget greatly increased and gifts to missions jumped over 100 per- 
cent. 

Three debts, totaling over $105,000 were paid off, and three 
adjoining properties were purchased debt free. One of them became 
the new residence for furloughing missionaries, and the others were 
rented to staff members and their families. 

A ministry to Arabic-speaking people was begun in 1985. 

Since leaving Friendly Avenue Church, Dr. Moore served as pas- 
tor of the Silver Lake Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC, and he is 
now the Director of Missions for the Robeson Baptist Association, 
with his office in Lumberton, NC. 

Dr. Moore was a member of the Southern Baptist Convention 
Executive Committee from 1989 to 1997. 

Dr. Marvin Ray Gibson 
August 1993 - September 1994 

Dr. Gibson was born February 12, 1943, in Marysville, TN, to 
Raychel and Elmer Gibson. He was saved April 26, 1956, and called 
to preach Dec. 30, 1960, at the age of 17. He was educated at Carson- 
Newman College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in 



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Fort Worth, TX. He received his Master of Divinity degree in 1969, 
and his Doctor of Theology degree in 1976. 

He pastored the Niles Ferry Baptist Church, in Greenback, TN, 
where both Sunday School attendance and the budget doubled. While 
he was at Southwestern, he pastored the Beaty Baptist Church, in 
Paul's Valley, LA. Later, he pastored the Highland Baptist Church in 
Arlingon, TX He married Miss Jane Morton August 9, 1968. They 
have two daughters, Laura (1975) and Leslie (1981). 

Dr. Gibson pastored the First Baptist Church, Cleveland, TN., 
from 1973 to 1982. He also pastored First Baptist Church, Tampa, 
FL, and Bay Area Baptist Church in Tampa, Fl. 

He was called as Senior Pastor of the Friendly Avenue Baptist 
Church on July, 1993, and he began his ministry August 16, 1993. Dr. 
Gibson began with an "Inreach" program, which meant that he con- 
centrated on getting to know the members and their needs. He often 
had groups of members over to his house for fellowship. His favorite 
saying was, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main 
thing." 

Dr. Gibson had just launched the second phase of his program, 
which was promoting outreach through the Sunday School, in 
January 1994, when he was stricken with a malignant brain tumor. 
The church responded in love, almost as one, and ministered to him 
and to his family until his death September 14, 1994. Both the church 
and his family mourned the loss of this gifted preacher and pastor, 
who had been stricken while he was in the prime of life. 

Rev. Michael Patrick Cronin 
1995 - Present 

Pat Cronin was one of eight children in a Roman Catholic family 
in Lynbrook, NY, a Long Island suburb of New York City. 

When Pat was in the second grade, he and his brothers and sisters 
were invited to attend a Vacation Bible School in a Methodist church. 
There he came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. 



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As a young man, Pat became a construction worker on Long Island. 
In 1973 he moved to Florida, where he met Brenda Hill. Brenda had 
become a Christian during her Sophomore year in college, and even 
then she felt that her calling was to be a pastor's wife. She transferred 
to the Florida Bible College in Hollywood, FL. Pat gave Brenda credit 
for greatly helping him to grow as a Christian. They were married in 
May, 1974, and Pat entered the Florida Bible College three months later. 

After graduation, Pat became Youth Pastor at the Sheridan Hills 
Baptist Church in Hollywood, Fla. He also taught Bible and coached 
the baseball teams in 1978. Rev. Bill Billingsley was pastor of the 
church and school, and he became Pat's mentor. When the Gardens 
Baptist Church in Hollywood, FL (a mission of the Sheridan Hills 
Church) needed a pastor, Pat was called. 

During his years at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in 
Louisville, KY, Pat pastored the Sunny side Baptist Church, in 
Shepherdsville, KY. Brenda taught a class and sang in the choir. 

In 1984 Pat graduated from the seminary, and was called to pas- 
tor the First Baptist Church, Deerfield, FL. During his ten years there 
he led the church to participate in several mission projects, such as 
church building construction in Brazil in 1987 and '88. 

The church also hosted an annual "Feast of Thanksgiving" dinner 
providing over 1,800 dinners to persons from all over the area free of 
charge. It became a relief center during Hurricane Andrew in 1993. 

Pat was Moderator of the Gulf Stream Baptist Association 1990- 
92, and a member of the Florida State Board of Missions 1 987-' 95. 
In 1990 the church started the Cross Roads Childcare Ministry, and 
in 1993 it began building the second phase of its multi-ministry 
Christian Life Center. 

On April 16, 1995, Pat was called as Senior Pastor of the Friendly 
Avenue Baptist Church. He is now in his fourth year as the Pastor. 
During the writing of this history, the church sanctuary was in the 
process of being completely renovated, and worship services were 
moved to Fellowship Hall. 



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The church had to go to two morning worship services because of 
limited seating capacity of Fellowship Hall. Pat's gifts as a preacher 
and a pastor, along with his positive, open spirit, have endeared him 
to the church. 

He hopes to earn his Doctorate in Theology by the end of 1999. 
Brenda is active in Sunday School and the choir. She is also a true 
helpmate to the pastor. The Cronins have two sons and a daughter, 
Ryan, Timothy and Erin. 

How A Person Can Unite with the 
Friendly Avenue Baptist Church 

1 . By Profession of Faith in Christ as their Savior 

When one accepts Jesus Christ as his or her Savior, he or she 
can present themselves to the church as a candidate for baptism. 

2. By Transfer of Letter 

A church letter is a letter of recommendation from another Baptist 
church of like faith and order. 

3. By Statement 

If one has ever been a member of a Baptist church, and for some 
reason, such as the loss of records, church disbandment, or having 
left a Baptist Church to join a church of another denomination, one 
may present themselves with the simple statement of their previ- 
ous membership at the time of invitation. 

4. By Baptism 

If one is, or has been a member of a church of another denomina- 
tion and wishes to become a Baptist, one may present himself/her- 
self as a candidate for Baptism, based upon his/her previous expe- 
rience of salvation. 

5. By Watchcare 

This is not actual membership. It is an expression of a desire to be 
under the watchcare of the church while living and attending here. 
College students are the ones who usually ask for this. 



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As Baptist, we do not have a creed as such, but we believe in the 
Great Commandment: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 
heart, with all thy mind, with all thy strength, with all thy soul, and 
thy neighbor as thyself." 

We accept the New Testament as our guide to our faith and prac- 
tice. 



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Women on Mission 



Nothing Impossible For Them 



Of all the organizations at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, can any 
other group approach the accomplishments of the Women on Mission? 

It's truly an unselfish organization of women, who dedicate their 
lives to helping others in so many ways. 

Their motto could be, "Nothing is Impossible." 

They make it happen, have for nearly 100 years at this church and 
continue full speed ahead. 

Now follows a history of this dedicated mission-minded body which 
refuses to surrender when there's a need to be met. 

The Woman's Missionary Society of Asheboro Street Baptist Church 
began in 1906, under the leadership of Mrs. Emma Siler, its first presi- 
dent. Woman's Missionary Society encouraged the church to involve its 
members in and make them aware of missions. 

Mrs. Hattie Vernon provided outstanding leadership during her term 
as president for 21 years (1907-1928). Mrs. A. Andrews served as presi- 
dent for 12 years (1928-1940) and during her reign circles were first 
organized. 

During the Rev. J. Ben Filer's pastorate at Asheboro Street, the con- 
gregation adopted Rev. J.C. Powell and wife as the first missionary fam- 



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ily. They served the Lord for 37 years as missionaries in Nigeria. 
Later the church supported the Gene Philhps in southern Rhodesia. 

The Brotherhood was organized in 1946 under the umbrella of 
the WMS. Earl L. Johnson became the first acting President. 

In 1953, under Dr. A. L. Parker, the church accepted a 50-50 bud- 
get. For every dollar spent at home, a similar amount went to mis- 
sions (excluding the building fund). The committee spent much time 
and prayer relative to this new endeavor. 

A portion of a letter received by the Pastor form the Secretary of 
the Baptist Ministerial Conference quoted herein. 

"I am quite sure that not only will our 
Baptist program be encouraged, and those 
in Foreign Fields be told of Christ through 
your leadership, but also that each and 
every member of your church, who is active 
in this program, will feel a closeness to 
God, as never before 

Our sincere prayer is that God will continue 
to lead you, and your congregation as He 
has in the past " 

In the 1920's the RA's were started under the leadership of Mrs. 
Mississippi Allred. 

Mrs. A. L. Parker has represented the Church in State WMU 
work. She served five years as State WMU President and her daugh- 
ter, Sandra (now Mrs. Fred Adams), served one year as State YWA 
President. 

Mrs. Parker brought honor to the church by serving as Vice 
President of the South-wide WMU (1961-1966). 

The WMU is proud of the accomplishments that have been made 
through the years by the Youth Organizations of the church, such as 
Mission Friends, Girls in Action and Acteens. Through the efforts of 



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dedicated and mission-minded leaders, girls ha\e been pro\ided 
opportunities to become invohed in missions. 

First Coronation ser\ice to crown a G.A. queen was held in 1956. 
Sandra Parker was crowned queen among se\ eral girls. Da\id Richey 
was cro\'."n bearer. 

They are led to develop Christ-like concern for all people and to 
gain a personal knowledge of how the gospel is being extended at 
home and abroad. Emphasis on vocational missionar\ service is 
stressed and through study materials and mission acti\"ities the girls 
are led to become a\^"are of their commitment to God and to respond 
to His call. 

Challenging Aspect 

One of the most challenging aspects of the Youth Organizations is 
the Indi\"idual Achievement Plan that guides girls to develop their abil- 
ities in learning and participating in missions. Though rewarding, the 
demands of the plan are \aried and require self-disciphne of each girl. 

Requirements such as scripture memorization, smd}" of the histo- 
ry of Southern Baptist, reading missionar}" biographies, learning of 
Home and Foreign Mission work, planning specific prayer times, 
participating in dramas and in associational Acteen acti\ ities are only 
a fe\^ of the many activities in the plan. 

Levels of achievement are queen, queen \^ith scepter, queen 
regent, queen regent in senice and sen ice aide. 

In 1964-70 under the leadership of Mrs. Newling Richey and 
Mrs. Roben Stewart. GA's achieved the first ad\anced forward steps 
' and the church's first Queen with a Scepter and Queen Regent and 
were recognized in Coronadon Sen ices. 

Through the \ears girls ha\e ad\'anced in their work and the 
\\^IU has had 19 queens. 10 queens with scepter, seven queens 
regent, six queens regent in senice and two sen ice aide. Two Sen ice 
Aide candidates in 1973 were first in the histor\ of Acteen s at 
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A special highlight of the year is the Recognition Service which 
is held each September to recognize those girls who have accepted 
the challenge of advancing in learning more about God's plan for 
missions. 

Churchwide projects such as mission fairs, mission action and 
mission dramas have played a big part in the Youth Organizations. 
Mission dramas stressing Christian ideals such as witnessing, stew- 
ardship and total commitment have been presented by the girls 
through the years. Special prayer retreats and watchnight services 
have been meaningful experiences for girls in the Youth 
Organizations. 

These special times have enabled them to rest from busy sched- 
ules and pray, read God's word and seek His will. 

The youth organizations have met the requirements to claim the 
honor of being a "Distinguished" organization for many years, but 
only through the willingness and concern of youth and faithful lead- 
ership. 

In 1972 a group of Baptist Young Women at FABC became an 
organization. Mrs. K. L. Whiteside was president. These young 
women (ages 18-29) were faithful in carrying out the Lord's com- 
mand, "Go Tell." 

Outreach Projects 

The BYW group sponsored many outreach projects. The clothes 
closet is an on-going endeavor. They provide support for church mis- 
sionaries, mission work and special needs through prayer and finan- 
cial support. 

In 1972 expenses for all WMU and Youth organizations at FABC 
were included in the Church Budget. This includes all supplies, 
expenses for Recognition Services for G.A.'s and Acteens, 
Associational Dues and Ridgecrest AssembUes. 

One of the highlights in 1972 was the World Missions Conference 
at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. 



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World needs are so overwhelming that Cooperative Program funds 
channeled to the mission boards as the "lifeUne" of missions must be sup- 
plemented by mission offerings. The WMU of FABC enthusiastically 
participates in the following projects: 

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering - which provides a large essential 
portion of the budget of the Foreign Mission Board (now called the 
International Mission Board) 

Children's Home Offering - for the Baptist Children's Homes 

Baptist Hospital Offering - for those who cannot pay their hospital 
bills 

Shubal Stems - Piedmont Baptist Association for refugee relocation, 
Hispanic Missions and Vietnamese Ministry and the building of new 
churches 

State Missions - Support the work of the Baptist Men and WMU, also 
support camps 

Home Missions - Annie Armstrong Easter offering which helps sup- 
port over 5000 North American Missionaries with salaries, supplies 
and materials. 

The last Woman's Missionary Society meeting was held at Asheboro 
Street Baptist Church in 1964 before the church was relocated on 
Friendly Road. In 1965-68, under the leadership of Mrs. J.C. Brown as 
president, the organization became an honor organization recognized by 
the State WMU. 

Since 1965 the WMU has been an honor organization recognized by 
the Associational and State WMU. Beginning in 1969 this organization 
has received the Distinguished Award, which is the highest award any 
group may obtain. 

Mrs. Knolan Benfield, the State WMU President, wrote a letter in 
1967 proclaiming "That you have done this, testifies to the dedication of 
the women of your Church. Even as we congratulate you for past 
achievement we pray that this year may be equally significant as you 
seek to make Christ known in your community. 



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Demands Great 

Never has there been a greater need for involving women in 
WMU. The urgency of the world situation demands that we work 
more diligently than we have ever done before.. .We would like to 
recognize your Church at the State WMU Annual Session." 

The Woman's Missionary Society became the Woman's 
Missionary Union in 1969. Also, the organizational structure was 
changed. Directors were elected to serve the Church Missions 
Organizations and Presidents were elected to serve the Baptist 
Women's Organizations. The WMS Circles were changed to WMU 
Baptist Women's Groups. 

The WMU at Asheboro Street and Friendly Avenue had the 
honor of supplying three Association WMU Presidents, Mrs. J. Ben 
Eller, Mrs. A.C. Lowe and Mrs. A. L. Parker. 

Members of the WMU are thankful for those who grew up in the 
church and went into full-time Christian service: Jerry Stanley, 
Burley Moore and David Jones were in RA's. Melinda Maness 
McMillan, Jean Phillips, Lou Ann Davis Brisson, Lou Cates 
Gaskins, Carolyn Royal Bailey and Frances Royal Martin were 
GA^ 

At a Recognition Service in 1 975 Myra Holt, Susan Cox and 
Debbie Clabough were recognized as Queens. 

The R.A. boys grades (1-3) did a "Walk a mile for missions" at 
1 cents a mile in 1 976 and Mrs. A. L. Parker was re-elected second 
vice president of the N.C. Baptist Convention. 

The WMU took on a project - Silver Candelabra and Punch 
Bowls in 1 978. Training was the main emphasis. At the WMU coun- 
cil meeting it was decided that members would train in WMU work. 
Several ladies earned their WMU Leadership Diplomas. 

Mission projects included Christmas Food for Youth for Christ, 
World Hunger Project, preparing meals for the Forget-Me-Not group 
(handicapped people) and Mobile Meals. The organization bought 



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gloves for women prisoners for Christmas, prepared luncheons for 
Baptist Student Union at UNC-G. 

It also donated money to assist in a picnic for International students, 
supplied money to an organization called Company of Friends interest- 
ed in helping young people in trouble, furnished breakfast at 
McDonald's for approximately 25 prisoners in the pre-release program. 

The Associational G.A. Banquet was held at FABC. Some 310 
G.A. girls and leaders participated. Acteens from the church and all 
over the association served as waitresses for the banquet in 1980. 

The WMU led the church in establishing an ongoing program for 
World Hunger. 

Big "A" Club, a new project, was started by the WMU and was a 
big success. Gwen Wilson and Eunice Pearman volunteered their ser- 
vices for a ten-week period in leading children in the Child Care 
Center, grades 2-6, in the Big "A" Club. 

Boys and Girls 

This is a club for boys and girls emphasizing "all" of a person's 
life to be lived for Jesus. The motto of the club is the memory verse 
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all 
thy soul, and with all thy might." Deuteronomy 6:5. The children 
loved it and many parents were reached because of their child's par- 
ticipation in the club. 

Mission Friends, G.A.'s and Acteens gave the church an opportu- 
nity to participate in their Christmas in August projects in 1980. Two 
large boxes of supplies were sent to missionaries at Cherokee. 

Miss Clara Brincefield, missionary to Chile, was the speaker at 
the Banquet. 

It was a great year for ministering to others in 1980. The WMU 
at FABC not only participated in the World Hunger offering, but also 
volunteered to take meals to those who are unable to get out and get 
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Baptist women bought food for the International Student Picnic 
at Hanging Rock and for a cookout in April. They provided a migrant 
Family with fuel and a heater during the cold month in February. 
They also furnished meals for the Baptist Student Union in October. 

The WMU participated in the World Awareness Feast by eating 
soup and drinking water to emphasize the need to save money and 
give it to others who are hungry. The organization donated $5,904 
and urged everyone to become aware of the hunger in Greensboro. 

The WMU organization at FABC was the only one to receive the 
Distinguished Organization in the association. 

Girls in Action made picture cards to help a Loation family learn 
English and carried handmade Easter baskets and roses to shut-ins at 
Evergreen Nursing Home in 1982. They distributed Christmas litera- 
ture to a Laundromat and to hospitals. 

The Piedmont Baptist Association made a donation in the 
church's WMU honor to provide a week at Camp Mundo Vista for a 
deserving Acteen girl in the association. 

In 1982 Friendly Avenue was honored as the only church in North 
Carolina to have a Distinguished WMU for 13 consecutive years. 

The WMU held several mission projects. It helped build church- 
es in Brazil, Holland and Richmond, Va. 

WMU participated in the Christmas in August. Gifts were bought 
for Piedmont Baptist Association for home missions and prison min- 
istry. Counselors were provided at Lakewood for the week of July 18- 
22 in 1983. 

Vernelle Gates was honored on a Sunday morning with a plaque. 
Her leadership as Director of WMU from 1975-1983 was considered 
by many as the best example of leadership. She wrote a thank you 
note as follows: 

"It is always difficult to express in words what we feel in our 
hearts, but I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the 



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beautiful way in which you honored me on Sunday morning. The 
plaque is so beautiful and I shall always treasure it and be reminded 
of your love and support given me in so many ways. 

'My Privilege' 

It has been my privilege and honor to serve as your WMU 
Director. One cannot serve in this position without a love for mis- 
sions. My years of service have given me an even greater love as I 
have learned what Southern Baptists are doing around the world for 
the cause of Christ. 

Through the faithful service of many of you and with God as our 
guide, much has been accomplished through this church for missions. 
I thank all of you for your support and we give God all the glory, 
honor and praise for what has been done. 

But we cannot stop now. As I have visited with, corresponded 
with, and prayed with our missionaries I am reminded of the great 
task yet before us. May I challenge you to continue to lift high the 
banner of missions and to press forward. God expects it and we must 
do it, or our Bold Mission Thrust efforts to reach every person by the 
year 2000 will be in vain." 

Sincerely, 

Vernelle Gates 

October 27, 1983 

Mrs. Gates also served as Secretary of the Piedmont Baptist 
Association. 

She and her husband, Walter, joined the church in 1969 after 
moving from Durham. Mr. Gates has served as a Deacon at FABG. 

A Happy Birthday WMU celebration was held with Special 
Features: A Visit from Pat Frasier as Fannie E.S. Heck (first president 
of WMU, 1886-1915). The music was by GA's and the speaker was 
Ghristine Gregory (SBG Gonvention WMU President). 

WMU members saved Gampbell Soup labels for classroom and 

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dormitories at Helen Keller School. WMU members continued to par- 
ticipate in Mobile Meals delivery in 1986. 

In conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of the WMU in 
North Carolina, an additional assembly building was to be built at 
Camp Mundo Vista which would serve thousands of women and 
girls, at an approximate cost of $275,000. 

The members of Friendly Avenue were challenged by their pas- 
tor, Dr. Michael Moore, to give a sum of no less than $5,000 to pay 
for a room in the new Conference Center to honor Mrs. Sara Kanoy 
Parker. The room would be named The Sara Parker Conference 
Room. 

The challenge continued... "with vision and energy Mrs. Parker 
served alongside of her husband Dr. A. Leroy Parker, Pastor of 
Friendly Avenue Baptist Church for 33 years. Mrs. Parker's love for 
missions was felt by all around her and inspired others to become 
involved in the mission programs of the church. 

Vivacious Spirit 

Her vivacious spirit drew others to her. She never met a stranger and 
she was always willing to give a helping hand wherever needed. Truly, 
she is one of the grandest ladies anywhere. All who know her would rise 
and give the same testimony." Mrs. Parker was State WMU president 
for five years, Vice-President of State WMU for two years. Home 
Mission Board seven years. Trustee of Wingate College four years." 

Here is part of a letter written to Dr. Mike Moore from Nancy 
Curtis, thanking the church for its contribution to the Centennial 
Building at Camp Mundo Vista. 

"Without question, Sara Parker is one of the most outstanding 
leaders North Carolina Woman's Missionary Union has had. She 
brought special gifts to the work at a state-wide level and also to the 
local church level as she worked in missions through Woman's 
Missionary Union. She continues to be a good supporter and good 
friend to us all." 



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The WMU continued to promote World Hunger gifts through the 
Church. Young Baptist Women donated a tape player to be used in 
tape ministry to the homebound. Food was collected for Youth for 
Christ. 

WMU members led the church in supporting the National 
Missions Prayer Plan which had a goal of leading church members to 
develop a habit of praying daily for missions in 1987. 

The WMU encouraged members to bring canned food items to 
help re-stock the food pantry during the Christmas season. Children 
came with their parents during the morning worship service. The 
emphasis was on showing that Christmas was a time of giving. 

The WMU participated in a Prayer retreat in 1988 and it provid- 
ed shampoo for the women at the NC Correctional Center and Apple 
Sauce for Urban Ministry. 

Rachel Willeford, member of Circle 2 at FABC, invited the group 
to her beach home at Atlantic Beach one weekend in the late 1980's. 
She wanted them to assist in organizing a WMU chapter at Bogue 
Baptist Church on the coast. 

Eight members of Circle 2 met with 15 ladies at Bogue to help 
them get started. The FABC people provided information during this 
informal session. 

It was the beginning of WMU activity at the Bogue church, and 
this Circle continues active today (1999). 

The Mission committee planted a Bradford pear tree on the front 
lawn of the church in loving memory of Ann McLemore who was 
committed to mission work and served the Lord and reached out to 
the lost for Christ. 

Donations of stamps were sent to Wy cliff e Bible Translators. 

A clean-up day was held at Camp Mundo Vista and WMU mem- 
bers took part. 

Bath cloths and towels were provided for Urban Ministry and the 

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WMU participated in the "Christmas in August" for Home 
Missionaries. Many attended the Foreign Mission Board 
Appointment Service held in Greensboro, where a program on WMU 
history was presented during prayer meeting. 

The WMU at FABC was recognized as a distinguished chapter 
for the 18th year in a row in 1988. Under the leadership of Rachel 
Sherriff the GA's were honored for having the highest GA enrollment 
in the Piedmont Baptist Association this same year. 

First Place 

Kristi Carter won first place in the GA Essay Contest for grades 
one, two and three in the Piedmont Baptist Association. 

Eva Hook was crowned Queen in the Acteen recognition service 
in the Piedmont Associational program in 1989. 

The WMU helped with the Youth for Christ craft fair. Supplies 
were gathered for Greensboro Crisis Pregnancy Center. Several 
ladies attended the Dayspring Seminar at Ridgecrest. Collecting used 
stamps continues to be an ongoing project. 

The organization sponsored a Graduation Luncheon for parolees 
of the N.C. Department of Corrections. 

WMU held a brunch for all ladies of the church and WMU No. 2 
planned a "I LOVE YOU" Banquet for older ladies, some of whom 
are in nursing homes. It has become an annual event. 

Women at FABC continue to supply applesauce for urban 
Ministry in 1990. Several groups made donations of money to Youth 
for Christ and Crisis Pregnancy Center. 

The WMU gathered four boxes of items for the Baptist 
Retirement Home and one box for the Baptist Children's Home 
shower. Fifteen hundred medicine bottles were collected and many 
cans of dried beans were given to Urban Ministry in January. Also 
some WMU members worked on the Habitat for Humanity Project in 
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WMU collected clothing and other items that could be sold in the 
thrift store at Teen Challenge (a Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation 
center). Food was collected for Youth for Christ summer camps. This is 
a Christian ministry for men who have serious behavioral problems asso- 
ciated with drug/alcohol abuse. 

Baptist Young Women were the host of the Triad Health Project's 
Play Day for children with AIDS, HIV, or parents with one of those. The 
Baptist Women hosted a churchwide mission breakfast when the World 
Mission Conference was held. This was sponsored by the Piedmont 
Baptist Association. The year was 1992. 

Mrs. A.L. Parker was elected moderator of the Piedmont Baptist 
Association. Of note was that eleven G.A. girls from the church went to 
Camp Mundo Vista in 1992. 

The WMU helped a Montegnard family by providing clothes for the 
mother and for the new baby and it was a happy occasion when the 
Montegnard family later became self sufficient. 

Many ladies helped collect food for urban Ministry at supermarkets. 

BYW sponsored a Crime Prevention Video Program and enjoyed a 
spaghetti dinner in the Fellowship Hall. 

Several ladies attended the WMU retreat at Ridgecrest in 1993. 

The G.A.'s collected chewing gum and other items for women pris- 
oners. 

The WMU collected items for sunshine baskets for Migrant workers. 
It was one of many projects in 1994. 

Hitoring Program 

The WMU sponsored a luncheon for Jo Ellen Stewart, who shared 
her work with the tutoring program sponsored by the Home Mission 
Board in 1995. Several ladies felt led to attempt such a ministry at 
Friendly Avenue through the Weekday learning Center after -school pro- 
gram. 



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Mrs. Stewart returned and presented a 14-hour seminar to some 
20 ladies who were interested in tutoring. The ministry was started. 
Under the capable leadership of Rachel Bainbridge and with the help 
of some 13-15 tutors, this ministry has reached many unchurched 
families in the Weekday Learning Center. 

Each tutor is assigned a child to work with throughout the school 
year, helping and affirming the student. They've had many wonder- 
ful, loving, caring and patient participants. 

Ladies and men's toiletries were collected for Biker's 
Rehabilitation Center in High Point. 

Five WMU ladies, along with FABC's pastor and others, went to 
Argentina to help with Evangelism in 1997. 

In 1996 the WMU structure was changed as follows: 

Royal Service magazine was named Mosaic 

WMU Council to WMU Leadership Team 

WMU President to WMU Coordinator 

WMU Secretary to Enlistment and Enlargement - Asst. Director 

Mission Study to Church- Wide Mission Coordinator 

Baptist Women and Young Baptist Women to Women on 

Mission (18 and over) 

Acteens to Youth on Mission 

Girls in Action and Mission Friends to Children in Action (boys 

and girls) 

Group leader to facilitator 

The after-school tutoring program continues to be a great min- 
istry under the leadership of Rachel Bainbridge. It was a big occasion 
for Mattie Deloney and Evelyn Starling when they traveled to 
Argentina and helped with Bible school while missionaries were in a 
conference. 

Jean Phillips was the Missionary speaker for Week of Prayer for 
Foreign Missions. 

Women and men at FABC collected over 1800 pounds of food for 
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Urban Ministry and Baptist Women collected $257.00 for Camp Mundo 
Vista Capital Campaign. 

Missions Outreach involved working with Mobile Meals, Oakhurst 
Nursing Home, Crisis Center for PBA and International students. Other 
activities included tutoring children after school at the church, 
Samaritans Purse, shoe box ministry. Angel tree, toys for children of men 
in prison, Teddy bears for police to give to children, donations to 
American Bible Society, Teen Challenge, Youth for Christ and Bible 
Broadcasting Network. 

This all took place in 1997. 

Day of Prayer 

Several of the ladies attended the World Day of Prayer observed at 
the Vietnamese Baptist Church in Greensboro and the WMU participat- 
ed in the International Student Thanksgiving Dinner at First Baptist 
Church. 

Missionaries Sue Andrews, in Africa, and Troy and Marge Bennett, 
retired missionaries from Bangladesh, spoke at the church. Also Melinda 
Maness McMillan from Kenya. 

Baby gifts were provided to the Greensboro Pregnancy Center in 
December. 

Over 400 Shoe Boxes were sent to Operation Christmas Child - 
Samaritan's Purse in 1997. 

Pennies were collected for the Baptist Children's Home during 1998. 

"Camp Angel Tree," held at Camp Mundo Vista, is for girls who have 
a parent in prison. The WMU provided transportation. 

Children in Action is now on the first and third Sunday mornings at 
10:30 am during worship hour. Kindergarten and first grades meet 
together and second grade through sixth grades meet together. This is for 
both boys and girls. 

WMU magazines are being recycled for Baptist women in South 

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Africa, and FABC Women offered a round-table book discussion in 
1998. 

Women on Mission Day, with Mrs. A.L. Parker leading the wor- 
ship, was a special day for WMU to tell of its work and its mission 
on February 1998. 

The Week of Prayer for Home Missions took on an international 
atmosphere. Realizing that the world had come to us with many 
nationalities here in the United States, the WMU invited retired and 
active missionaries living in the area to join the program of fun, food 
and fashion. They were to model their national dress from their coun- 
try. 

There were several MK's (missionary kids) who modeled nation- 
al attire of countries in which they had lived much of their lives. We 
had the window of the world, beginning in Jerusalem, Judea, 
Samaria, and even unto the ends of the earth. 

Events like these serve to bring an excitement about the work of 
Women on Missions. 

Baptist Women 

The Baptist Young Women was organized in 1972 in the home of 
Mrs. A. L. Parker and she was their Sunday School teacher. Today, 
many of these women are still in this group. They have shown how 
to do Mission in Action. 

The "I Love You Banquet," which they started some 25 years ago, 
is still an important event in the lives of widows and widowers and 
others. 

In the beginning they only had 6 or 8 to attend but now the num- 
ber has grown to over 100. Making baskets for new church members 
was a great success. As new members joined they were given a bas- 
ket packed with usable items, as well as a church directory with pic- 
tures of members. 

Visiting nursing homes has always been a part of their Mission 

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Action. Gifts are distributed at Christmas and other hohdays. They 
help with the prison ministry for women, collecting items that could 
be used for women in prison. 

One of the big projects is helping with the Crisis Pregnancy 
Center, both as a volunteer and as a helper. They provide diapers, 
clothes for new born and other items that are needed. 

This group of dedicated women has made a difference in 
Greensboro. Their willingness to show God's love to those in need is 
a good example of their work with the WMU. They are truly a 
Mission Action Group. 

The WMU at FABC has been recognized for 30 years for being a 
Distinguished WMU. 

Friendly Avenue Baptist Church was one of the churches select- 
ed by the International Board that qualified to become a Global 
Priority Church in 1998. 

The Women's Missionary Union is an important factor of the 
Church. No Church is truly great until it can lose itself in a con- 
sciousness of World Missions. 

Mission is the ministry of the Church and the Church is a group 
of Baptized Believers. Christ's last command before He ascended 
into Heaven was that they were to be "witnesses unto me— unto the 
uttermost parts of the earth" (Acts 1:8); for the Gospel "is the power 
of God unto salvation to everyone that belie veth; to the Jew first; and 
also to the Greek" (Romans 1:6). 

The watchword is "Laborers Together with God" (ICor. 3:9). 

Through these 100 years the goal has been to change lives. Many 
have learned about the work of missionaries, prayed for missionaries, 
given financially to support them and mission causes, ministered to 
families of missionaries, and worked to create an atmosphere in the 
church where people could respond to God's call and then to nurture 
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The church's Women's Missionary Union encourages the church 
to involve its member in missions, both abroad and at home. 

Vernelle Gates, who was the volunteer historian for much of this 
information about WMU, and who wrote part of this history, deserves 
special recognition for her tireless devotion to an undertaking she so 
dearly loved. Also Carolyn James, who put together many of these 
facts. 

Presidents of WMU 



1907-1928 


Mrs. Hattie Vernon 


1957-1959 


Mrs. C. B. Haskins 


1928-1940 


Mrs. A. Andrews 


1959-1962 


Mrs. J. B. Wills 


1940-1941 


Mrs. J. S. Moore 


1962-1965 


Mrs. John Durham 


1941-1943 


Mrs. D.F. Stone 


1965-1967 


Mrs. J. C. Brown 


1943-1944 


Mrs. E. R. Baldwin 


1969-1971 


Mrs. NewHng Richey 


1944-1947 


Mrs. A. C. Lowe 


1971-1974 


Mrs. Wayne Coleman 


1947-1950 


Mrs. J. Tracy Moore 


1974-1976 


Mrs. Virginia Tilley 


1950-1951 


Mrs. Robert Gentry 


1976-1978 


Mrs. Charles Stout 


1951-1952 


Mrs. J. H. McCuiston 


1978-1980 


Mrs. Vada Austin 


1952-1954 


Mrs. Ike Fesmire 


1980-1982 


Mrs. Leo Starling 


1954-1957 


Mrs. A. W. Edwards 


1983-1984 


Mrs. Richard Beasley 


1984-1994 


Mrs. Sherwood Chesson 


1994-1999 


Mrs. Thomas Northington 



Directors of WMU 



1969-1976 Mrs. J. C. Brown 
1976-1983 Mrs. Walter Cates 
1984-1987 Mrs. Marshall Collins 



1987-1988 
1993-1995 
1997 



Mrs. Thurmon Deloney 
Mrs. Chuck Moy 
Mrs. Ronald Hill 



"Methods are many. Principles are few. Methods change often, 
Principles never do," is a statement which can apply to WMU. 
Change of methods has been constant in WMU history. In the begin- 
ning the organization was called Woman's Missionary Society. Later, 
as the youth organizations came into being, the name became 
Woman's Missionary Union. The names of the leaders were changed 
from WMS Presidents to Women on Mission. Presidents and WMU 
Directors were leaders of WMU. 



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Mission Offerings Since 1978 

1979 81,219 

1980 80,583 

1981 80,735 
' 1982 ' 85,747 

1983 90,006 

1984 111,064 

1985 142,346 

1986 167,891 

1987 150,114 

1988 167,021 

1989 190,060 

1990 197,845 

1991 162,357 

1992 154,610 

1993 149,675 

1994 131,569 

1995 154,922 

1996 142,565 

1997 164,645 

1998 189,735 

Grand Total: $2,794,709 over 20 years. 

Missionary Residence 

The house on Westridge Road, which was a part of the property given 
to Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, was renovated in 1979 and made into 
a house for furloughing foreign missionaries. It served several families 
before it was demolished in 1986 to make room for more parking space. 

Shortly after that, money from the sale of Mrs. A.C. Lowe's house, a 
former Church Secretary, was given by Robert Gentry to buy the house 
on the corner of Jefferson Road and Gaines Drive. It became the new 
Missionary Residence. 



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What The Missionary House Means 

The Hill family spent a furlough in Greensboro in 1 962-63 before 
there was such a thing as a missionary house. We had four children, 
ages 5 to 12, and needed room. We could not find a rental house that 
we could afford, so we ended up assuming the mortgage on a house 
on Bessemer Avenue. 

It was near Bessemer Baptist Church, where we became mem- 
bers. Needless to say, we lost a lot of money when we had to let the 
house go as we returned to Thailand. 

Missionaries are grateful to the Lord and to Southern Baptist 
churches, who saw this need of their missionaries and began to pro- 
vide missionary houses in the seventies. 

We spent a furlough in the missionary house at Parkway Baptist 
Church in 1977-78. On our next furlough— from Christmas, 1980 to 
June, 1981— we enjoyed a great stay in the Friendly Avenue Baptist 
Church missionary house on Westridge. 

In 1984 and 1987, we were not able to reserve the FABC house, 
so we furloughed in Raleigh. This worked out well since we needed 
to be near Evelyn's parents in Whitakers and I had teaching respon- 
sibilities at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

It was our happy privilege to spend our final furlough in 1992- 
1993 in the Gaines missionary house of FABC. We did not know that 
the Lord was going to use this experience to lead us to our church 
home in retirement. You have taken us in as real people, not mis- 
sionaries on an unreal pedestal. You have become our friends. You 
have ministered to us. 

In the same way, you have taken in other missionaries who have 
occupied the missionary house and made them feel a part of you. 
Then they become your personal missionary friends as they return to 
their fields. The Kings, the Frosts, and Shirley Gunn have become 
"your" missionaries and the missionary vision and involvement of 
Friendly Avenue has thereby been greatly enhanced. 



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Furnishing a home for missionaries on furlough is a part of the 
total support that Friendly Avenue gives to international missions. It 
is an integral part of the praying, giving and going every church 
needs to do in carrying out the Great Commission. Your missionaries 
deeply appreciate it. 

Ronald and Evelyn Hill 



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'Unlimited Ministering' 



Visits, Prayer And Tapes 



Though often overlooked, the Homebound Ministry is a vital 
component of the worshipping program at FABC. 

Mr. L.U. Ricketts was one of the first to regularly visit shut-ins of 
the church and he usually carried a copy of Home Life magazine with 
him. 

Two others who were engaged in this early ministry included 
Mrs. Mae Brown and Mrs. Louise Royal. They visited nursing homes 
every week. Mrs. Royal said on these occasions they listened to prob- 
lems of the shut-ins, wrote letters and helped feed the residents. 

It was a special ministry. 

Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Gentry were regular visitors on Sunday after- 
noons every week. Following Mrs. Gentry's death, Mr. Gentry con- 
tinued to visit. After retirement from his grocery store, he seldom 
missed a day not going to either hospital, nursing homes or to an indi- 
vidual's home. 

Another loyal visitor was and continues to be Mrs. Hazel 
McLendon (now Mrs. Northington) who rarely misses a week when 
she doesn't go to see shut-ins. In between she makes dozens of phone 
calls and sends cards. 



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Mr. and Mrs. Bondurant were responsible for reviving a church-wide 
homebound ministry in 1977. Deacons accepted responsibility of this 
challenge as part of the Family Care Ministry at FABC. 

After Dr. Parker's retirement from FABC as pastor, he was asked to be 
the church visitor. He and Sara visited shut-ins in their homes and nursing 
homes, until they moved to Winston-Salem in 1998. 

In 1998 Don Walker, Sr., and Dolly Chesson led a decision whereby 
church members would become even more active in making sure 
FABC's shut-ins were not forgotten. 

"We thought they needed a personal contact on a regular basis involv- 
ing active member," said Walker. This ministry was launched in June, 
1998, and it continues to grow both in those being reached and those par- 
ticipating. 

"It was decided at the beginning that since volunteers would be vis- 
iting the home-bound, they needed to have a heartfelt desire for this type 
of ministry," Walker said. 

"Thus only volunteers were approached," said Chesson. There were 
23 enlisted to visit 27 home-bound members as of December 1998. 

Types of ministry include person-to-person conversation, devotional 
and bible reading, prayers of comfort and encouragement, transportation 
to supermarket, doctor's office, bank, etc. Also,, minor home repairs and 
delivery of audio tapes of Sunday morning worship service. 

Future plans include observing the Lord's Supper with the home- 
bound which will be administered by Deacons. Also, special recognition 
of the visitors and the home-bound members by emphasizing this min- 
istry each year during June. 

A motto for this ministry says: "Nobody cares how much you know 
until they know how much you care." 

Prayer Ministry 

Brenda Cronin, feeling a need to help people without actually being 



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able to visit them at the time, was instrumental in organizing a Prayer 
Chain at FABC in 1996. 

"It provides church members an opportunity to encourage people 
you can't go to see right then," said Mrs. Cronin. 

Some 20 ladies are involved, and there are two captains. Mrs. 
Ivor Sexton has charge from 9 A.M. to 5 P. M., then Mrs. Cronin 
takes charge at 5 P. M. and "remains on duty" until 9 P. M. 

A person in need makes the initial call to one of the captains and 
the captain contacts the next person on the chain. 

It continues until everyone has been reached, and every member 
on the chain prays for the one originating the request. This goes on 
24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Tape Ministry 

David White wanted to do something special for shut-ins at 
FABC, those members not able to attend regular services for mostly 
health reasons. 

He came up with the idea of a tape ministry which he started in 
1986. White purchased several tape recorders and then he made 
copies of Sunday's tape each Monday at church. 

White's delivery of the tapes offered him an opportunity to visit, 
and these shut-ins looked forward to his weekly arrival. Many new 
friends were made. 

"I couldn't have carried on this ministry without the faithfulness 
of Mrs. Camille Stewart," said White. She helped deliver the tapes 
and also added to her list of friends. 

This ministry continues today, with the involvement of others. 

The Little Man 

'Land of Peace.' 

Mpung Bu Nur, living in the jungles for nearly 20 years, wasn't 
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sure he and his family would survive after being left behind by the 
Americans. 

Bu Nur, one of the fierce Montagnard warriors, had fought with 
the Americans in their war against Vietnam only to be stranded when 
U.S. troops withdrew. 

Afterwards, the Montagnard people were left to fend for them- 
selves as best they could. Nur, a leader and well educated, used what- 
ever weapons were available and grew his own food in the jungles. 

They eked out this meager living until the Bu Nur family quali- 
fied for the refugee program which enabled them to reach America in 
1982. 

When Bu Nur's feet touched U.S. soil, the Httle man, who is less 
than five feet tall, smiled big and extended both of his hands to greet 
anyone nearby. 

He was in the Land of Peace after nearly 20 years of grueling 
existence in the Land of War, as he called his native country. 

Today, the 73 year-old lives in Greensboro with his wife, two 
grown sons, and two small daughters. The oldest son, Ca Cam, is 
buying a small house in which the entire family lives in on Homeland 
Avenue. 

Cam's wife and son remain in Vietnam, not able to leave as of this 
time in 1999. Some day Ca Cam hopes they will be able to join him 
in America. 

How did Friendly Avenue Baptist Church become involved and 
play a vital role in the life of this brave family? 

It came about through the Lutheran Family Services of 
Greensboro. This organization helped resettle several Montagnard 
families in this area. 

Though neither chose the other, Bu Nur's family was assigned to 
Friendly Avenue Baptist Church in November, 1992, or some 20 
years after the Americans had abandoned them. Former missionaries 

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Ron and Evelyn Hill played a lead role in FABC accepting this 
tremendous responsibility at the beginning. 

The Bu Nur family spoke litde or no English. Somehow, the Hills 
and other church people were able to communicate with this family, 
either through a translator or by hand motions. 

These people did not know or understand anything about our way 
of life, simple things like the use of a cooking range, how a bathroom 
functions, etc. It was all new and puzzling to them. 

Trips to the medical chnic, a doctor's appointment and visits to 
Social Services posed other problems. Who took care of these 
chores? Members of FABC like the Hills, Richard Beasley, Frankie 
Kimrey, Bill Wilhams, Evelyn Starling, Martha Bell Touchstone, 
Judy Hutts, Betty Smith, Al and Jery Dew, Cal Hendrox and mis- 
sionary Betty Mitchell, who once had served in Vietnam. 

"There were calls about anything imaginable," said Beasley, who 
remains in contact with Bu Nur. The little man greets him with open 
arms and the youngest daughter, Huyung, jumps into his waiting 
arms. 

"I had just retired and working with them filled a void at the 
time," Beasley said. He was called almost daily in the beginning — 
leaking pipes, roof problems, trips to the clinic and doctor, and rides 
to GTCC for lessons in English. 

As the weeks went by Bu Nu and his family gradually became 
self-sufficient. "They are a very caring and appreciative family," said 
Beasley. . 

Bu Nur became a Christian long before leaving Vietnam, and his 
Bible is never far away. The family attended FABC several times 
after arriving in Greensboro, and they occasionally made contribu- 
tions to the church. 

He now attends a Vietnam church uptown. 

Beasley never forgets them at Christmas, taking gifts and visiting. 



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"Those we left behind in Vietnam don't trust God but we do," said Bu 
Nur. "We are Christians and learned about God from missionaries 
talking about Him." 

"Greensboro is a good city that takes care of the people," Bu Nur 
said, using his son to interpret his words into English. He's a proud 
man who now knows his way around the kitchen. 

While FABC members stay in touch with Bu Nur, the family no 
longer requires support from the church and has not for a number of 
years. 

The period in which FABC assumed almost complete responsi- 
bility was from November, 1992, to July, 1993. Bu Nur and his fam- 
ily now call America their country and Greensboro their home. 

Missionaries in Residence 

Rev. and Mrs. George Brice and family - Brazil Aug. 1979 - Jan. 1981 

Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Hill - Thailand Jan. 1981 - July 1981 

Mr. and Mrs. Bud Spencer - Japan Aug. 1981 - Aug. 1982 

Mr. and Mrs. John Divers - Argentina April 1983 - Dec. 1983 

Rev. and Mrs. George Brice - Brazil May 1984 - May 1985 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Charlton - Brazil Jan. 1986 - Jan. 1987 

Miss Shirley Gunn - Nigeria Aug. 1987 - June 1988 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Helms - Spain July 1988 - July 1989 

Maureen Ferryman (Retired) - Jordan Aug. 1989 - April 1990 

Sue Andrews - West Africa April 1990 - Dec. 1990 

Miss Shirley Gunn - Nigeria Oct. 1991 - April 1992 

Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Hill (Retiring) Thailand Aug. 1992 - June 1993 

Steve and Paula King - Argentina June 1993 - June 1994 

Jack and Evelyn Frost - Uganda June 1994 - Jan. 1995 

Chris and Claudia Ingram - Uraguay Aug. 1995 - Jan. 1996 

Miss Shirley Gunn - Nigeria Feb. 1996 - June 1996 

Steve and Paula King - Argentina June 1996 - Aug. 1996 

David and Connie Johnson - Brazil Aug. 1996 - Jan. 1998 

A Real Jewel 

What would Friendly Avenue Baptist Church do without Grace 
Overton? There are not many members who have not sampled her 
culinary skills in the 1970's - 1990's. 



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To put it simply, Mrs. Overton is a cook extraordinary when 
preparing delicious meals to go with her warm smile and down-to- 
earth charming personality. 

She happily gives of her time to prepare meals on special occa- 
sions during a variety of church events, whether it be for as few as 10 
or 20 or several hundred. 

Mrs. Overton's regular job places her in overall charge of the 
kitchen, where meals are prepared daily for WDLC boys and girls. 
She also fixes meals for volunteer members who handle small repair 
assignments at the church. 

One small example of how she goes the extra mile is when she 
offered to shop for and cook 75 pieces of chicken for the WMU, 
which was responsible for an international student gathering. Her 
gracious help saved many dollars. 

During the tremendous reconstruction project at FABC, Mrs. 
Overton provided meals for the workers. This was in addition to her 
responsibility for fixing food for well over 100 youngsters five days 
a week. 

And she always has that radiant smile. 



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Weekday Learning Center 



Youngsters Benefit From Couple 



It wasn't until after Asheboro Street Baptist Church moved to 
Friendly Road, and eventually became known as Friendly Avenue 
Baptist Church, that Pauline and Jack Maness set the stage for what 
is now known as FABC Weekday Learning Center. 

The Manesses, seeing a need for day care in the area, opened their 
home as a place where church members could leave their young chil- 
dren during working hours. When the number of children grew to 
nine, the Manesses realized that their home would not be able to 
accommodate the growing enrollment. They made arrangements with 
the Friendly Avenue Baptist Church to rent a room at the church to 
use as a day care center. 

That was the beginning of what has grown to become the 
Weekday Learning Center. Day care was a vital part of the program. 
This was in 1971. Pauline Maness recalls cooking for the children in 
that one room occasionally, but most of the time, she prepared lunch 
at home and then took it to the church. 

Mrs. Maness received strong support for her endeavor from Mrs. 
Sara Parker, Rev. Robert Stewart, Minister of Education; and Mrs. 
Jane Byrd, Administrative Secretary of the Church. 

As the number of children continued to grow, Pauline approached 
the church once more, asking if the church would provide more space 



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and the additional teachers that were needed. The possibihty of the 
church assuming responsibiUty for the program was also discussed. 

A committee was appointed to study the needs and to bring a rec- 
ommendation to the church. This committee recommended that 
FABC assume full responsibility for such a program. The church 
accepted the challenge. 

Funds from the church were very limited in those days, and there 
were times when the church had to wait until a parent paid the tuition 
fee before some bills for the Learning Center could be paid. 

The agreement that Mrs. Maness would teach in the morning and 
serve as Director of the Center continued for nearly five years before 
the church hired a full-time Director. It wasn't long before some par- 
ents asked if their children could be picked up at their various schools, 
and Allen Sharp was the first to take care of this need. 

It was Mrs. Maness who suggested that Mrs. Grace Overton be 
asked to be in charge of preparing meals for the children. She became 
the Church Dietitian in 1971, and over the years the whole church has 
come to love and appreciate her and her good cooking. 

'Lord Blessed' 

Mrs. Maness, the mother of five children, recalls being promised 
a teacher's position for as long as she wished at Friendly Avenue. She 
taught three-year-olds for 1 9 and a half years before her services were 
terminated. "I always said I wanted the children to have the same care 
I would want for my own," Mrs. Maness said. "The Lord blessed and 
we grew - and grew." 

The Center began to care for children ages 3,4, and 5. It also 
offered after-school care for children up to 12 years of age. This 
became a vital part of the program. 

Today, FABC is blessed with one of the finest child care 
Learning-Centers in the state. It is self-supporting, and from its earli- 
est days, it has been able to reimburse FABC for all expenses related 
to the use of the buildings, utilities, etc. 



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Though the church financed the opening of the Center, all of this 
was repaid in the second year of operation. Over the years, the Center 
has purchased playground equipment, and installed a fence around 
the grounds for the safety of the children. It also provided a van to 
transport children from area schools. 

Books, records, crayons, pencils, and other materials have also 
been provided. Excellent teachers have been employed. From the 
original 9 children in the Maness home, the Center had mushroomed 
to 275 by May, 1998. Its highest enrollment peak was in 1988, when 
there were 350 enrolled. 

Rev. Robert Stewart served as the first Director of the Weekday 
Learning center on a part-time basis, until he left in 1976. Since then, 
there have been eight other directors. Charles Bridges became the 
first full-time Director in 1978. His spiritual and educational influ- 
ence set the tone for what has become the guiding force behind the 
success of the Center. 

The theme, established by Robert Stewart and Charles Bridges, 
continues today under the direction of Mrs. Denise Matthews, the 
present Director. It is that of care, spiritual development, and educa- 
tional progress in the lives of those entrusted to this program. 

Mrs. Vernell Cates, now deceased, served faithfully for many 
years as the Bookkeeper and office manager for the Center. She pro- 
vided an invaluable service for the Center, always accounting for 
every dime that was received or disbursed. 

Kindergarten at FABC 

The Weekday Learning Center Committee discussed expanding 
the WDLC program to reestablish a Kindergarten at its January 1998 
meeting. A recommendation was approved by the committee at the 
next meeting in February. 

Brenda Cronin was selected by the WDLC Committee in May of 
1998 to serve as the first teacher. Funds were donated for equipment 
and furniture, which were purchased for the classroom. 



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Open House for prospective parents was held in July. Class began 
on August 25, 1998 with eight (non-church) students. Shortly after 
the beginning of school, one student was added from the FABC fam- 
ily. 

FABC organized its first kindergarten in the 1960's. This operat- 
ed until the need was not as great after the public school system 
included kindergartens. 

Our Library - Valuable Asset 

One valuable resource often overlooked at FABC is its rapidly- 
expanding library which had a meager beginning at Asheboro Street 
Baptist Church. 

Would you believe, in its early life, that the library occupied 
space not much larger than a closet? Some actually referred to it as a 
"closet library." 

C.W. McLees contributed some of the first books to the library 
and Mabel Starnes may have been its first voluntary librarian. 

Many have volunteered since, including former church member, 
Jean White and now Ruth Stroop. Those two helped "modernize" the 
library into an even more user- friendly collection of books, tapes and 
videos. 

"I probably worked up to eight hours a week," recalled White, 
"and Mrs. Stroop put in even more while organizing considerable 
information for entry into computer availability and cataloguing 
material." 

Mrs. White estimated up to 100 books of various titles and 
authors were added each year during her tenure. 

Who uses the library? 

"A variety of people," replied the former librarian. "I would esti- 
mate 60 percent of the users are children who read for school assign- 
ments. Another 30 percent would be adults, and they have their 
favorite authors like Billy Graham, etc. 

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Pastors Visit 

"Pastors also come in to take advantage of our commentaries and 
concordances. Sunday School teachers use the library for resource 
reference when they want additional information on special subjects 
being studied at the time," Mrs. White said. 

"It's a steady flow on Wednesday afternoons." If a book has not 
been checked out in 20 years, it's taken off the shelf and given away. 
This makes room for new material. 

"There are numerous small churches without libraries," observed 
Mrs. White, "and home missionaries like to receive books that we no 
longer need." 

"John Wesleyan College in High Point also has room for old 
books discarded by churches," added Mrs. Stroop. The regular bud- 
get at FABC includes $60.00 per month for new material such as 
books and videos. 

The ever-expanding hbrary includes over 5,200 books, according 
to Mrs. Stroop. Most are given in memorial and the church purchas- 
es some. 

"The most I've paid for one book is $18.00," Mrs. Stroop said. "I 
wheel and deal to obtain the best discounts possible." She was in 
charge of all purchases in 1998. 

Just as the library was increasing its availability by opening on 
Sunday mornings, the practice was temporarily halted when the room 
was pressed into service as a Sunday School room. 

"People were just beginning to come in on Sunday when we had 
to close it down those hours because the Sunday School class was 
being disturbed," said Mrs. Stroop. 

"Youth readership really took off over summer when a contest 
was. promoted." To help on Wednesdays, Mrs. Stroop enlisted the 
help of three youth. 

At other times, when the library is unattended, church members 

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Stroop to stamp. 

Tapes of sermons remain available for two years before they are 
replaced. Old ones are given away or disposed of in some other way. 

Chairman Of Deacons 



Roy Murchison 


1925 


Robert Butchart 


1971-72 


Frank Paschal 


1940 


James Benton 


1972-73 


Frank Paschal 


1942 


Newling Richey 


1973-74 


R T. Harris 


1943 


Newling Richey 


1974-75 


PT. Harris 


1944 


Robert Holcombe 


1975-76 


M. D. league 


1945 


Jimmy Crews 


1976-77 


Earl Baldwin 


1948-49 


Billy Glover 


1977-78 


Earl Baldwin 


1949-50 


Don Lewis 


1978-79 


W.A. Aydelette 


1950-51 


Leo Starling 


1979-80 


Earl Johnson 


1951-52 


Leo Starling 


1980-81 


Earl Johnson 


1952-53 


Doug Watts 


1981-82 




1953-54 


Newling Richey 


1982-83 


Brice Teague 


1954-55 


Dan Dunkel 


1983-84 


John Durham 


1955-56 


Don Sims 


1984-85 




1956-57 


James (Pinky) Collins 


1985-86 


Victor Jones 


1957-58 


James (Pinky) ColUns 


1986-87 


Newling Richey 


1958-59 


Bob Ryan 


1987-88 


Jimmy Wills 


1959-60 


James (Pinky) Collins 


1988-89 


Newhng Richey 


1960-61 


George Hayes 


1989-90 


Newling Richey 


1961-62 


Chuck Moy 


1990-91 


Newling Richey 


1962-63 


Chuck Moy 


1991-92 


Newling Richey 


1963-64 


Newling Richey 


1992-93 


Don Walker 


1964-65 


Doug Watts 


1993-94 


Don Walker 


1965-66 


Edward Malone 


1994-95 


Earl McCall 


1966-67 


Robert Eatmon 


1995-96 


Calvin Landrum 


1967-68 


Don Walker 


1996-97 


Newling Richey 


1968-69 


Tim Nethery 


1997-98 


Newling Richey 


1969-70 


Newling Richey 


1998-99 


Robert Butchart 


1970-71 






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Many years ago the Deacon Body was referred to as Board of 
Deacons. Most church business was brought before the Deacons and 
voted on prior to a church vote. 

Today, the term Deacons or Deacon Body is used because the 
Deacons are servants of the church and not a governing body. 

They serve on a three-year rotation. 

For whatever reasons, the number of active Deacons at FABC had 
dwindled to only 12 early in 1999. 

It was so few that some of the Deacons did not want a picture to 
be made of the group. "We don't have enough for something like 
that," they said. 

Yet, that's part of history. 

Pastor Pat planned a training workshop in March, 1999, related to 
"Partnering in Ministry." "We have too many former Deacons who 
are now inactive to exclude them," said the pastor. 

"Would you want to leave out some of those good men?" 

Ministers Of Education 

Miss Sara Kanoy June - September 1942 

Miss Mabel Starnes May, 1943 - March 1947 

Miss Wilma Grass June 1948 - June 1949 

Mr. J.C. Hatfield Sept. 1950 - May 1952 

Mr. Howard Foshee Sept. 1952 - Jan. 1955 

Mr. Nolan Johnston May 1955 - Dec 1960 

Mr. Richard Muse July 1962 - 1963 

Mr. Edward Bailey March 1963 - June 1963 

Mr. Robert Stewart Aug. 1964 - 1976 

Mr. Duard Murphy May 1978 - Oct. 1978 

Mr. Keith Smith July 1979 - Jan. 1981 

Mr. Dale Sloan Jan. 1983 - July 1992 

Mr. Dennis Woods May 1994 - May 1996 

Rev. Jack Morris (Interim first 6 months) Aug. 1996 - Present 



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Music Ministry 



A Great Tradition Continues 



1911 - Mrs. Lillian Pritchett was the church organist 

1926 - 1945 - Mrs. Hugh (Kittie) Felder was the Church Organist 
and Choir Director At Christmas, people from all over the city would 
fill the church to overflowing to hear her and the choir She was also 
well known for her visits to the sick and suffering, and for sharing her 
material blessings with other church members as the need arose. 

1945 - Mr Moir Ayers became Director and Mrs. Mickey Fields 
the Organist 

1946 - 56 - Mr Don Trexler was the Director, and his wife, Ruth, 
became the Organist. Don was able to draw out the best in the choir 
members, and he gave private music lessons to each of them without 
charge. 

1957 - Mrs Ruth Trexler became the Director 

1958-59 - Tod Dekle became Assistant Pastor and Choir Director 

1960 -61 - Weldon Fields returned as Choir Director, with his 
wife, Mickey, as the Organist. Their Christmas music was especially 
beautiful. 

1962 - Miss Marie Burnett was Music Director 
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1963 - Aug. 1966 - Weldon Fields again directed the choir 

1967 - 70 - Mr. Henry Ingram became Director. He brought sev- 
eral students from Greensboro College, where he taught, to help in 
the choir and as instrumentalist. His wife served as the organist dur- 
ing part of his ministry. He and his family moved to California in 
1970 so he could work on his Doctor of Music degree. 

1971-72 - Mr. Ward Ostrander served as Choir Director. He fur- 
ther developed the music program, especially the Youth and Adult 
Choirs. 

1973 - 77 - Mr. Eugene Moore became the church's first full-time 
Director of Music and Youth. At Easter, 1973, the combined Adult 
and Youth Choirs, along with a visiting ensemble, presented THE 
SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST, and I AM THE RESURREC- 
TION AND THE LIFE. That Christmas, the Christmas portion of 
Handel's MESSIAH was featured, supported by a string quartet, 
harpsichord and organ. 

In January, 1974, Dr. James Good, Assistant Professor of Church 
Music at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, 
KY, gave an organ recital in the church, and made a talk on the use 
of an organ in churches. 

Jan 27 - Feb. 1, 1974, METRO MUSIC WEEK was held in the 
church, with 15 of the 18 workers from the Music Department in 
Nashville, TN, leading conferences for everything from preschool to 
adult music leadership. This was sponsored by the Piedmont Baptist 
Association, and it was the second of its kind to be held. 

Dr. William J. Reynolds, Secretary of the Church Music 
Department of the Baptist Sunday School Board, rehearsed his musi- 
cal, REACHING PEOPLE, with the FABC Church Choir. 

In June, 1974, the Senior High Choir made a 13-day tour through 
Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and 
Georgia to commemorate the church's 75th Anniversary. 
Approximately 25 young people, plus their chaperones, made the trip. 
It was hoped that this would be the first of many such mission trips. 



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1978 - 80 - Mr. Ward Ostrander returned for a second time as the 
Music Director. He introduced "The Singing Christmas Tree" to the 
church. 

1981-82 - Mr. Don Bowden served as Interim Music Director. 

McDonald's Baritone Voice 

Tom McDonald began singing as a teenager in the choir of the 
Eller Memorial Baptist Church in Greensboro. Several years later 
funeral homes in the area employed him as a soloist for funeral ser- 
vices. During this time Dr. Parker became acquainted with McDonald 
and his rich baritone voice. 

In time, McDonald, his lovely wife and two sons became mem- 
bers of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. He is one of several featured 
soloist and he and his fellow choir members make a valuable contri- 
bution in worship experiences at FABC. 

Tom McDonald's voice is heard in many and varied places. He 
and one of the deacons once conducted regular services in a large 
high-rise apartment for the retired. Frequently, he sang for civic clubs 
and at times for state-wide conventions. 

His manner of singing is ideal for revival meetings. He sings with 
great feeling, and at times has a note of pathos in his voice. Every 
member of an audience is moved to some degree when this man sings 
gospel songs. McDonald knows the Savior personally and is eager to 
share Him with others in song. 

Many years ago, in 1982, he was encouraged to record some of 
his favorites. McDonald did and on one side were the following 
songs: The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference; I Believe In A 
Hill Called Mount Calvary; I Just Feel Like Something Good Is 
About to Happen; Why Have You Chosen Me?; No One Ever Cared 
For Me Like Jesus and My Tribute. 

One thousand copies were made and members at FABC bought 
most of them. 



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1983-94 - Mr. Jim Alley served as Minister of Music and Youth. After 
the church called a full-time Youth Director, Jim worked also with the 
senior Adults of the church. Under his leadership, the music ministry 
included 19 choirs with an enrollment of about 400. He also continued 
"The Singing Christmas Tree" and it drew mostly packed houses for two 
or three performances each year. 

1995 - Mr. Dale Sloan served as Interim Music Director. He did an 
excellent job. 

Justice Arrives 

1996 - Present - Mr. Frank Justice began serving as Minister of Music 
and Worship in January, 1996. Friendly Avenue Baptist Church had just 
called Rev. Pat Cronin as its pastor in the Spring of 1995 and he began 
the process of assembling his staff to serve with him. Justice was the sec- 
ond of three staff members who originally came to serve under Pastor 
Cronin's leadership. 

Justice entered his third year of service in this position in 1998. This 
church has a strong heritage of quality choral music and congregational 
singing with an emphasis on traditional hymnody and classical choral 
styles. During his tenure, the elements of praise and worship choruses 
and more contemporary choral anthems have been added. 

Also vocal ensembles to lead congregational singing as well as 
singing special music, gospel quartet selections, and a wide variety of 
solo styles from traditional to contemporary. 

Other added dimensions to the worship experiences include a 
strengthened orchestra program, the use of drama to illustrate certain 
themes, worship banners, and dramatic musical pageants for Christmas 
and other special presentations. 

The youth choir has grown and has taken on a ministry mindset as 
they have presented several musicals as well as singing in worship ser- 
vices on a regular basis. The musicals have been taken to other churches 
in the area and in Virginia. Many soloists and small groups have grown 
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The handbell program has remained strong. Another adult hand- 
bell group called the "Hosanna Ringers" was added. Jubellation, the 
most established handbell choir, has been featured as a solo group in 
the three state-wide handbell festivals. 

Most notably, Jubellation has been invited to play in several 
schools, malls, Piedmont Baptist Associational meetings, and 
Christian Women's Clubs during 1997-98. 

The choral program at Friendly Avenue Baptist is recognized as 
one of the finest in the city. There was continued growth in all areas 
of the children's choir programs with a record number of children 
participating in six, age graded, children's choirs. 

The Worship Choir has close to 80 on roll and continues to be a 
main element in the weekly worship services, singing a wide variety 
of music. They also present several musicals each year which have 
included Christmas pageants and others, including patriotic, family, 
worship and Resurrection themes. 

The Keenage Choir has gained many new members, bringing the 
total to almost 30. They regularly sing in the worship services as well 
as for Piedmont Baptist Association events. 

The Musical Family 

How many churches in Greensboro are blessed with five 
"singing" members of one family? While we don't know the answer 
to that question, we do know that Friendly Avenue Baptist Church is 
enriched by the Whites— all five of them. 

They are Marthetta and Boyd, the parents, and Becky, Mary Ellen 
and Chris—their three musically inclined children. 

In the Spring of 1983 the Lord made it possible for the Whites to 
move to Greensboro from Birmingham, Alabama. They lived in a 
house 20 minutes driving time from Friendly Avenue Baptist 
Church. r 

"We listened to contemporary music on a tape player in the car as 
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we traveled to and from church," recalled Marthetta. "And our chil- 
dren learned to sing Gaither and Sandi Patti songs early in life." 

The parents have been active in the Adult ensemble as well as the 
Worship Choir for many years. Becky sings with them and she also 
plays the piano one Sunday night a month. 

Becky, Mary Ellen and Chris have participated in all the 
Children's choirs, played handbells, sang solos and have been active 
members of the Youth Choir. Chris plays the guitar for Wednesday 
night youth programs. 

"Friendly Avenue has provided musical leadership that has 
increased our love for music," Boyd said. "Using it as a means to 
worship seems natural to our family. 

"God has truly blessed us with a talent only He can take credit for. 
Friendly Avenue Baptist Church provided an outlet for this talent to 
be nurtured and used for His glory." 

Children's Director 

The need for a Children's Director has come about within the last 
few years. Before that, FABC had a Minister to Children who was 
responsible for all children's programs. Eventually, the church was 
without a Minister to Children, yet both programs and number of chil- 
dren increased. Hence a need for a Children's Director or Co-Directors. 

Debra Perkinson and Kathy Simms shared that responsibility as 
this history was prepared. 

Some of their opportunities/responsibilities include: 

1.) A smiling face to greet visitors and members on Sunday 

morning. 
2.) Assisting Minister of Education in filling Sunday School 

teaching positions. 
3.) Assisting in ordering Sunday School teaching materials. 
4.) Organizing Sunday School teacher subs and subbing when 

needed. 



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5.) Making teaching supplies available to S.S. teachers/keeping 
supply closet filled. 

6.) Assessing Children's Department needs. 

7.) Assisting in conducting planning sessions. 

8.) Children's bulletin board. . 

9.) Distributing and collecting attendance rosters on Sunday 

mornings. 
10.) Contacting visitors. 

11.) Assisting in planning and participating in group events. 
12.) Assisting in planning and organizing children's celebrations. 

Three of the most memorable occasions in recent years involved 
celebrations. One Easter party turned out about twice the number of 
children we expected and about half of the anticipated adult helpers. 
Visualize that, then double the frustration when all the supplies were 
not where they were supposed to be. 

Another unforgettable occasion was on Palm Sunday. We decid- 
ed to include even the youngest children in waving palm branches 
and singing in the aisles at the beginning of the service. 

Proper planning and coordinating between staff, teachers and 
directors did not take place. Even the palms ended up in the wrong 
place. That made for an interesting morning. 

The last of the most memorable occasions was a Fourth of July 
celebration. Extravagant plans were made early, many Sunday 
School classes of all ages volunteered, a tent was rented, music was 
lined up, vacation plans were changed, a record number of hot dogs 
were cooked and served - and it must have been 100 degrees. 

We all had fun, sweated off pounds, were dead on our feet, and 
did not repeat the performance the next year. 

Working with children is full of surprises. It is also full of 
rewards. They are one of God's most precious gifts. The greatest gift 
we give them is the love of Jesus Christ. That is our privilege and our 
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A Time of Fun 

The children's ministry of FABC is of utmost importance to the 
overall program of reaching and teaching people. To reach the child 
the program must involve more than just the children, themselves, 
but must encompass the entire family. 

Thus, many activities are designed to bring families together to 
enjoy one another and to learn as a family. 

Celebration of Liberty, the July 4 celebration, held on Saturday, 
July 4, 1997 has set a tradition for reaching families. What started out 
to be a small "carnival" soon turned into a major event that included 
the entire Church getting involved. 

It literally took scores of people just to get ready, which included 
erecting a big tent that would seat over 1200 people. When the tent 
arrived and we started unrolling it and looking at all the pieces we 
wondered if it would ever be able to stand alone. It did and was the 
central point of the attractions. 

Under the tent there were singing groups that sang throughout the 
entire day-Southern Gospel, Contemporary, Blue Grass, etc. When 
750 plus people were not enjoying the beautiful music, they were 
spending their time going from booth to booth with the kids using 
their talents at the numerous games in the carnival booths. 

The kids earned points at each game and redeemed their coupons 
at the Country Store upon leaving the carnival. 

In addition to the games and music, there were craft demonstra- 
tions by some of the church people and by others who came in to 
share their talents: quilting, pottery, painting, and weaving. 

The clogging troupe drew much attention on the rear stage, espe- 
cially the wonderful talents of some of the "senior citizens." To fail 
to mention the fantastic hot-dogs provided by the Singles ministry 
would be a mistake. They, along with the snow cones, cold drinks, 
cotton candy, and Grace's cookies were gobbled up by everyone. 

All in all, it was a wonderful day, enjoyed by all who attended. 

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The Purpose 

The purpose of this event was to minister to people from the con- 
gregation, the community, and other churches. The spiritual empha- 
sis was stressed by the Chapel on The Lawn, a Bible story center that 
all children were required to attend, and by the Gospel tracts that 
were distributed by the youth. 

As church people look to the future in meeting these same needs, 
the carnival will continue, but probably in the fall of the year because 
of the excessive heat in July. This will be tried in 1999 and if suc- 
cessful will continue to be a fall event. 

An evaluation of the success will be the main factor in setting 
future dates for this very enjoyable family event. 

By Rev. Jack Morris, Minister of Education 

Sports & Recreation Program 

Friendly Avenue Baptist Church continues to have a very active 
Sports and Recreation Program in 1998. Participants of these sports 
are both male and female. Currently, the church sponsors a Coed soft- 
ball team that competes in early fall. 

Men and women's softball teams play in the spring. In the past 
FABC has fielded both a youth softball team and a men's basketball 
team. All of them enjoyed winning seasons. 

One of the highlights experienced by FABC members of all ages 
is the Senior Golf Tournament which takes place both in the spring 
and fall. 

All of the sports programs provide an opportunity for church 
members to fellowship together while having fun. It is also an oppor- 
tunity to outreach within the communities and neighborhoods. 

The sports and recreation activities are excellent programs for 
church members and prospective church members. They were in ear- 
lier days, too. Alex Cheek remembers catching on a strong softball 
team at Asheboro Street Baptist Church. 



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It featured a young man named Jim Staton, who later earned All- 
America football honors at Wake Forest College. He also played in the 
Canadian Football League after college. 

The first summer that A. L. Parker played on a team he hit a home 
run~his first and last one. 

Scouting 

Remember Boy Scout Troop 104? It was organized in 1967 at 
Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. Pete Greene served as the troop's 
first scoutmaster. 

Scouts remained active at FABC until the late 1980's when the 
troop was moved to another church. Don Walker filled the role of 
church representative. 

FABC gave approximately $300 to help the troop organize in its 
first year. The church provided $200 the second year and $100 the 
third year. Thereafter, Troop 104 became self-supporting. 

Fund-raising projects were held each year. At first various items 
were sold. Then Christmas trees became the prime revenue source. 

Money was used to buy equipment for the troop and to help pay 
for scouts to attend a week-long camp each summer. , 

In the early years some 12-15 boys achieved the rank of Eagle 
Scout. Membership grew to 40 and attendance averaged 25-27 at 
meetings and at monthly camping trips. 

Scouting activities were coordinated with church programs, espe- 
cially in the service area. 

Greene served as scoutmaster for six years, and Les Tilley filled 
the role in 1972. While Troop 104 was the only one at FABC, an ear- 
lier one existed at Asheboro Street Baptist Church. 

A cub scout troop was started in 1958, led by Mrs. Betty Jo Ferris 
and Mrs. Hazel McLendon. Some 12 boys were involved and they 
carried out numerous activities in the community. 



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One project was to decorate a Christmas tree for an elderly cou- 
ple. It was the first one ever for these people, which the scouts later 
learned. 

They took snacks to a nursing home where the scouts shared them 
with residents and day visitors. One of the boys wanted to know why 
all those people were there. 

When he was told the older people were there because their chil- 
dren worked out, he replied "My folks will never end up in one of 
these places." 

Tutoring Ministry 

In the fall of 1995 a committee of three, headed by Rachel 
Bainbridge, launched a tutoring program at Friendly Avenue Baptist 
Church. It worked in cooperation with the Weekday Learning Center. 

The ministry helped provide extra learning experiences for 
youngsters involved in the WDLC. Twenty-one church members 
completed a seminar to qualify as volunteer "assistant teachers" in 
this program. 

Fifteen of them actually served the first year. There were 13 active- 
ly involved the second year, and that number increased to 14 in 1997- 
98- — including 13 women and one man. 

The volunteers remained about the same a year later. Some taught 
Sunday School lessons to groups, others read stories to classes, and 
still others worked with individuals once a week. 

Altogether, Mrs. Bainbridge estimated some 50 children, ranging 
in ages from 6 to 9, benefited from this program the first four years. 
All activity took place in the afternoons. 

Junior Memory Training 

One of the challenges for 9-12 year-old Juniors at Asheboro 
Street Baptist Church was being involved in the Junior Memory work 
program. 



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Mr. & Mrs. Hilton Perry began the memory work in 1957. They 
met every Sunday afternoon from 5 to 6:00 before Training Union. 
The Perry s did this for 12 years. 

Juniors were required to learn 52 scriptures by memory. 

First Drill: Flash Cards. 

The leader would hold up a card which had the reference printed 
on it and the Junior had to first quote the scripture and give the ref- 
erence. 

Second Drill: Completion Drill. 

The leader gives part of the verse and the Junior would give the entire 
verse and reference. 

Third Drill: Subject Matter 

The leader would call out a topic. The Junior would give the 
entire verse and the reference. 

Several of them became State Winners and some of the boys and 
girls emerged as four-year winners. They visited other Baptist 
Churches for the Associational and Regional drills. 

The State Tournaments were held at the Baptist Assemblies at 
Fruitland in the mountains and at Fort Caswell on the coast. These 
were overnight trips. 

They had lots of fun traveling to places some of the Juniors had 
never been before, recalled the Perry s. 

We do not include names of the Juniors who enriched the Perrys 
as they learned God's words together "They know who they are and 
what training meant to them. Our hope is that these former Juniors - 
now adults - are putting into practice what they learned from the 
Bible verses," said the Perrys. 

In the summer of 1951 Carolyn Royal (Bailey) was the State 
Winner of the intermediate Sword Drill. She met with Mrs. Parker 
every afternoon after school for one hour to perfect her skills. 

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She was able to locate the Scripture passages in eight seconds. 
Her ability and dedication enabled her to take first place and repre- 
sent N.C. at the Southwide Meeting at Ridgecrest. 

Children Involved In Outreach 

The first-grade primaries were involved in visiting shut-ins on 
Sunday mornings, taking snacks during Sunday School in the 
Asheboro Street neighborhood. 

When the church moved to Friendly Avenue the children visited 
Friends Home once a month to sing, share their Bible verse and Bible 
story. Every child would go to each resident, shake his or her hand 
and speak to them. 

On Valentine Day, or there about, they made Valentines for chil- 
dren at Wesley Long Hospital. The nurse would come down, talk to 
them and take the Valentines to the young patients. 

The children also visited shut-ins during Sunday School. They 
made get-well cards, sang, shared Bible verses and Bible study. 

They visited a park once a year to experience Bible study in nat- 
ural surroundings. 

First Graders were taught the 27 books of the New Testament 
which they kept as a secret until a Mother's Day program. They also 
did this on Father's Day. 

When the children were promoted, they would plan a party for the 
new first graders. The entire family was invited to share sandwiches 
they had made, plus other goodies. 

They shared the food with new families and later their family. 
Games were played. The most ever attended was 80. 

There were occasions when the children went door-to-door to 
leave information about the church. 

One young lady who received this had just moved to Greensboro 
and was looking for a church home. She was so impressed that she 
came to ASBC and later joined. 

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Youth Directors 



Paint And Repair Houses 



During the period of 1973 - 85 Mr. Tom Paul worked with the 
Youth of the church. From 1976 - 1981, he assisted Mr. Gene Moore, 
who was the Choir Director and had the responsibility of working 
with the Youth. 

When Tom Paul was working with the Youth, they had as many 
as 150 young people involved. They had lock-ins in a house that 
stood next to the church. They named it "Fisherman's Cove." They 
met every Friday and Saturday for discussions and prayer. They also 
went on choir tours, did mission Back Yard Bible Studies, Vacation 
Bible Schools, etc. 

They painted and helped repair houses, had yard sales during 
which they witnessed to others, car washes and Pizza parties. 

1986 - 1993 - Mr. Wayne Reich was Minister to Youth. Wayne 
was great with the young people and they became involved in many 
outreach activities. 

The following agenda illustrates some of the activities they par- 
ticipated in: They made two trips to Ocean City, Maryland. While 
there they conducted Back Yard Vacation Bible Studies; visited camp 
grounds to share about Jesus; and provided supper to Life Guards. 
The youngsters also helped the Homeless people. 



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They ministered on the Beach. On a bridge they ministered to 
people fishing - sharing goodies. One Httle lady couldn't get over the 
fact she didn't have to pay for the goodies. They had Lock-Ins at 
church, were involved in Nursing Homes and Urban Ministries. 

Under Reich's guidance the young people also visited various 
apartment complexes. They helped repair houses as a means to raise 
money for expenses. They washed cars at times. Reich led them in the 
study of discipleship, helping the youth understand the real meaning 
of making decisions to go into full-time work for the Lord. 

This group included Becky White, Jason Carter and Mark 
Easterling. 

1995 - Rev. Ron Smith was Minister to Youth. The teenagers were 
blessed by Ron. He inspired them to make their lives count for Jesus. 

They had a youth council. He took them on ski trips and hay rides. 
In the fall they had Camp Fire where the young people would share 
their thoughts. There were cookouts and great fellowship during 
Smith's short stay. 

Rev. McFarland 

1996 - 1997 - Rev. Alex McFarland was Minister to students and 
youth. After assuming leadership of Friendly Avenue's Student 
Ministries in the summer of 1995, the Lord did many wonderful things 
to further this ministry among young people, observed McFarland. 

Youth highlights included continuance of a strong Wednesday 
night prayer meeting, and development of various Bible study pro- 
grams. Youth and college students participated in many outreach 
events, and many Friendly Avenue youth served as peer counselors at 
the Bill Glass city-wide crusade. 

There were several overnight retreats, such as camping at 
Hanging Rock, and ski retreats. Many annual "traditions" were insti- 
tuted during this time, such as Christmas ministry to the Children's 
Home in Thomas ville; a beach retreat for high school Juniors and 
Seniors; and a "Welcome-Up" event for rising seventh graders. 



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A major event in the lives of the youth was a week of missions 
spent in the inner-city of Memphis, TN, during the summer of 1997. 
This trip did much to make FABC young people aware of the needs 
of others, both spiritual and physical. 

Space does not permit listing all of the numerous study groups, 
fellowship times, outings, music events, and times of worship togeth- 
er. The common thread in it all was love for the Savior, and love for 
each other. 

Rev. McFarland resigned in 1997 and launched an Evangelical 
Ministry in the area. 

1998 - Steve Starnes was Interim Minister to Students and Youth. 
He has since been voted on and approved as a full-time member of 
the church staff. 

Mr. Starnes grew up in Asheville, went to Montreat Anderson 
College for two years and graduated with a degree in Business 
Management from Carson-Newman in 1988. 

He met his wife, Becky, at Carson-Newman and they were mar- 
ried in Knoxville, Tenn. in August 1990 

After graduation Mr. Starnes lived in Jacksonville, Fla. for six 
years and he worked for American Express. He spent the next three and 
one-half years with Computers Training Co.; remained in Jacksonville 
part of that time before being transferred to Greensboro in 1996. 

"We visited a number of churches and then decided to join FABC 
on March 1997." Just over a year later Mr. Starnes became a member 
of the staff. 

"It seems hke I have always been involved in some form of 
Christian Camps, teaching in Sunday School and managing summer 
camps," said Mr. Starnes. 

"I've just been involved with youth a long time, doing some kind 
of Christian work." 



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Youth Week 

Youth Week has always been a wonderful experience for the 
young people. These youngsters, boys and girls, got an idea of what 
is involved in becoming a leader in various areas of the church. 

On occasion in the past they would be assigned a certain Sunday 
School class to observe and see how the lessons were carried out. 

The youth then planned how they would carry out similar activities 
the following Sunday. Some filled the role of teachers, others ushers, 
Sunday School director, music director, pianist, greeters and minister. 

The youth minister was responsible for delivering the message 
that particular Sunday. 

We are told all the "young preachers" put in long hours prepar- 
ing their sermons and they were well received. 

Books of Bible 

How many of you can name the 27 books of the New Testament? 
Would you believe that First Graders at FABC can? Thanks to long- 
time SS Teacher, Giny Odom, they are able to learn quickly. 

After teaching fifth-graders for years, she often wondered how to 
get the youngsters interested in knowing which books formed the 
New Testament. 

Odom prayed, asked God to help her think of a visual aid, and 
the idea of a chart materialized. 

The kids were excited, realizing they could learn the books so 
quickly— and even more thrilled by being able to recite the Books 
while looking at a blank chart. 

Giny Odom had solved her problem and many have benefitted since. 

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Wednesday Nights 

Former Youth Minister Alex McFarland planted the seed, and Dr. 
and Mrs. Stuart Kossover have watched them grow over the years. 

The Kossovers were Outreach Leaders of their Sunday School 
class, and McFarland asked them to come up with a creative idea 
involving fellowship with college-age and career-minded young 
members. 

It's never been the same on Wednesday nights at the Kossover 
home since the doctor and his wife accepted the challenge. Never 
mind three lively children, the Kossovers found time to open their 
home to some 15 young adults each week. 

They share with each other, pray together, and eat whatever is 
available. Occasionally, Kim serves tasty vegetable soup. Other 
times she just triples the recipe while preparing meals for her fam- 
ily. 

"These young people look forward to home-cooked meals," said 
Kim. They all enjoy sharing their blessings, also their problems by 
encouraging each other in times of need. 

Wednesday nights at the Kossovers have evolved into memories 
that will live on forever, an arm of FABC reaching out beyond the 
bricks and mortar that form the building on Friendly Avenue. 

The Decorator 

It's not likely that many members at FABC know Jane Coins has 
contributed countless hours toward making Sunday School rooms at 
the church more inviting. 

She accomplishes this by sewing draperies and curtains for win- 
dows in various departments. Recently, Outreach leader Doris 
Henderson asked Mrs. Coins about making curtains for several 
rooms in the Children's Department. 

Did 30 windows overwhelm Mrs. Coins? Not at all. She gladly 
accepted the challenge and promptly surveyed all the rooms to see 



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what age children used each one. 

With the assistance of Bonnie Boone, a supervisor in the WDLC, 
Mrs. Goins made sure of correct measurements for each window and 
then went shopping for the appropriate material. 

Hours and hours later, with the help of husband Jim and Francis 
Hayes, curtains decorated each of the 30 windows. 

"It wasn't that big a job," said Mrs. Goins. 

Smoot's Pictures 

Rick Smoot never forgot his early years in Greensboro, and espe- 
cially his experiences at Asheboro Street Baptist Church. 

While family life at home wasn't what it should have been. Rick 
always felt welcomed at ASBC. 

Dr. and Mrs. Parker made sure by encouraging him every step of 
the way. Eventually, Rick enrolled in the ninth grade at Mills 
Children's Home in Thomasville. 

He studied printing at the Home. There, he worked on the Charity 
and Childrens' publication and then continued to pursue a similar 
course at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C. 

After graduation Rick gained employment at a printing company 
in High Point, where he continues to master the art of printing. 

Rick also developed an interest in photography, and his skill with 
a camera is revealed in the full-page color picture of Friendly Avenue 
Baptist Church at the beginning of this history book. 

He remembered how much the Parkers and ASBC had influenced 
his way of life years ealier. His picture, at no expense to the church, 
enhanced the publication fare beyond Rick's dreams. 

No, he never forgot. 

"This church did a lot for me," said Rick. 



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Outreach Program 



People Visited At Home 



Over the years, Friendly Avenue Baptist Church has been 
involved in local outreach efforts. Deacons have regularly contacted 
those people who visited the church, and prospects have been con- 
tacted by Sunday School classes. 

In September, 1997, the outreach program received additional 
emphasis when a retired school principal volunteered to become a 
half-time, unpaid staff member, in charge of outreach. Dr. Doris 
Henderson set up a varied program of visitation in addition to deacon 
contacts. 

Each Sunday, Pastor Pat Cronin requested that visitors fill out a 
section of the church bulletin and return it in the offering plate. On 
the next day, a list of visitors with addresses, telephone numbers, and 
Sunday School assignments was made. Classes were assigned to con- 
tact those who would be prospects for their classes. Names were 
added to a list to be visited. 

A Visitation Celebration was set up every two months, on a 
Tuesday night. Each adult class was asked to send at least two mem- 
bers to represent that class. Dinner was provided at 6 p.m.; members 
were ready to leave the church at 6:30; and most visits were com- 
pleted by 7 p.m. 

The program emphasized a way members could participate in vis- 

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itation by simply giving one hour from their busy schedules. 
Approximately 50 people usually turned out to visit. 

Map software was acquired, and the Director of Outreach made a 
map to show where each prospect lived. Thus, visitation teams could 
save time required to look up addresses. 

For the visit, members were asked to take prospects a bag of fruit, 
which included a note, thanking them for visiting the church and ask- 
ing them to return. The Director of Outreach prepared a booklet, 
which was placed in the bag of fruit, to inform prospects about the 
different programs in the church. Also included was a Personal 
Commitment Guide, which explained the Plan of Salvation. 

Since it was felt that everyone values privacy, members on the 
visiting teams were asked not to go into homes they visited, unless 
prospects insisted that they do so. Instead, they were simply to hand 
them the bag of fruit and its contents, and to thank them for their vis- 
its to Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. 

If prospects indicated that they were Christians who were search- 
ing for a church, and if they continued to attend after receiving the 
bag of fruit, visitation teams delivered a bag of fresh-made bread to 
them\ Included with the bread was a brochure on "How to Join 
Friendly Avenue Baptist Church." 

Once a quarter, a "Get Acquainted" Dinner was provided for 
prospects and new members. At this time, all staff members, 
prospects, and new members were invited to hear about the church. 

Programs Explained 

Each staff member explained the programs, which he/she han- 
dled. Surveys were given to all new members, providing them with 
the opportunity to volunteer for service on committees of their 
choice. They were asked for information as to activities in which they 
would like to be involved (WMU, choir, Sunday School, etc.). 

When the surveys were returned to the outreach director, she 
advised persons in leadership of talents and interests of new mem- 



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bers. As a result, some are involved as substitute Sunday School 
teachers, outreach leaders and committee members. 

The Director of Outreach joined the Chamber of Commerce for 
the church. As a result, the church received a list of people from other 
cities who were interested in or planning to re-locate to Greensboro. 
Letters were sent to each of them from the pastor, inviting them to 
visit at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church when they moved to 
Greensboro. 

A company was located which sells monthly labels for all new 
residents in Greensboro. Labels were procured for all newcomers in 
Zip Codes 27410 and 27409, and Pastor Cronin began sending 
"Welcome to our Neighborhood" letters to each of these. 

Letters informed newcomers of the hours for Bible study and 
worship on Sundays and Wednesdays, and invited newcomers to 
attend the church. The letters also told about children, youth and 
music ministries. 

In October, 1998, it was decided that a special Evangelism 
Committee was needed, since not everyone has the gift of evange- 
lism. Rev. Jack Morris contacted five men to meet and discuss 
prospects, training, materials, and evangelistic crusade, the jail min- 
istry, mission trips, and how to get people involved. 

Of the five men contacted to begin the Evangelism Committee, 
three had joined the church within the previous year. 

It is expected that the outreach ministry will continue and grow. 
The formation of a new Evangelism Committee is exciting. 

Teacher Recognition 

FABC is blessed with wonderful men and women who teach the 
Word of God to all church members. Each class is designed for three 
purposes: presenting the Gospel, growing disciples, and providing 
fellowship and encouragement to all who worship and study togeth- 
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These classes are led by the most dedicated teachers in all the world. 
Without a doubt, FABC's teachers and leaders are serving the Lord 
because they know God has called them to these positions and they lead 
people into a deeper fellowship with the Lord and one another. 

Several years ago the church began recognizing all the workers, 
paying special attention to those teachers who stand out among 
FABC leaders because of years of service, or special achievements. 
Realizing that all the teachers go the extra mile to prepare and pre- 
sent, these have gone that extra mile. 

Mrs. Hazel Northington, Jim and Wilma Morgan and Mr. Alex 
Cheek have been named Teachers of The Year and were recognized 
at the Worker's Appreciation Banquets. Mrs. Northington has taught 
in the Elementary Division since she was a young lady and has seen 
boys and girls go through that first grade class and graduate, and 
bring back their children and grandchildren for her wonderful nurtur- 
ing and teaching. 

Jim and Wilma Morgan have taught in several areas of Bible 
Study, but have done their outstanding ministry in the Singles 
Division. They had become "Mama and Daddy" to many singles and 
were more than just teachers. Now, they have gone back to teaching 
and leading a couple's class. 

Alex Cheek has been teaching an Adult Men's class for over fifty 
years and does not seem ready to give up the ship yet. His faithful- 
ness to the Word of God has made him an outstanding and dearly 
beloved teacher. 

In addition to these Teachers of The Year, the church also recog- 
nized Mrs. Vann Mims in 1998 on her retirement from the Pre-School 
division after many years of teaching little boys and girls. 

Yes, the church is blessed with these and so many other workers 
who make the Sunday School ministry of FABC a wonderful place 
for all from the nursery to the grave. 

While they have not been selected Teacher of the Year, some oth- 
ers deserve to be mentioned for having been involved 15 or more years. 

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These include: Van Mims, Dolly Chesson, Giny Odom, Ann 
Davis, Don Walker, Thurman Deloney, Rita Beasley, Jean Teeter, 
John Durham, Austin Lovin, Frank Roberts, Dr. Ron Hill, Vada 
Austin, Mary Lane, Chuck Moy, Dr. Jim Crews, Frankie Kimrey, 
Tom Northington, Johnny Teague, Bill Mobly, Dennis Curtis, 
Rachael Bainbridge, Susan Woods, Rita and Jim Jennings and 
Barbara Gotschall. 

Singles Ministry 

In the late 1970's Friendly Avenue Baptist Church recognized the 
need to reach out to the Single population of northwest Greensboro. 
FABC was one of the first local churches of any denomination to 
have such a vision. 

From that time to the present many singles' lives have been 
restored through spiritual healings and new beginnings. Our church 
has grown in many ways from this ministry. Many of these singles 
along with children and new spouses are now actively involved in 
church work. 

In the 1990's the Singles ministry has grown into two classes. 
This ministry has become one of the most active parts of the church. 
They participate in almost every ministry at FABC and have begun 
several of their own. 

The Singles take the lead in service around FABC. They serve 
many Wednesday night dinners, are called upon to serve the new 
members banquet, help with festivals, and support special events. 
They are always busy doing things which reach new Singles who 
need new friends and a new church home. 

During the last three years they worked food concessions at the 
Greensboro Coliseum to raise money for this ministry. They donated 
$10,000.00 over and above their own individual pledges to the 
church's building fund. 

Some of this was used to help send Singles to Ridgecrest for the 
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Two Journeymen from the Singles Group have gone out in recent 
months. Tim Norman is in MongoUa and Ricky Gibson went to 
Russia. 

The Singles shall always be appreciative of the body of believers 
who love people with the love of God. 

Reaching Out 

During World War II when soldiers were stationed at O.R.D. in 
Greensboro, the church felt a need to reach these young men. Church 
doors were opened on Saturday night at Asheboro Street to provide a 
place for them to come for fun, playing games and enjoy fellowship. 
Refreshments were provided. Many in the church family shared 
Sunday dinners and encouraged the men to be involved in church. 

ASBC made A-Adopt-A-College Student program part of the 
yearly welcoming activities. A friendship between the student and 
church family was promoted. 

Some members at FABC are involved with the International 
Students at the local colleges. The church furnishes turkey breasts, 
fruits, vegetable and desserts at Thanksgiving Banquets. Food is sup- 
plied in cooperation with other churches for the spring picnic and at 
Thanksgiving. 

Men from the church cook hot dogs and hamburgers. FABC pro- 
vides snacks in February, carrying out the Valentine theme. 

At one of our Thanksgiving Banquets, a Russian student couldn't 
get over all the food that church people had provided for students 
they had never met. She decided she wanted to know more about 
Christian faith. 

The Associational Director of Missions, Mrs. Mary Odom, had 
her to come to her house several times to explain the plan of salva- 
tion. The Russian student finally prayed to become a Christian. 
Several other students have become Christians through their involve- 
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Numerous children and adults have been involved in the Shoe- 
box ministry sponsored by Samaritan Purse at Christmas, and also 
the Teddy Bear Christmas tree ministry where the bears are given to 
the law enforcement department to share with children. 

Senior Adults 

Little did Dolly Chesson realize that one day she would be trav- 
eling hundreds of miles on church business. It came about rather 
innocently. 

"My association with the Senior Adults started when I was asked 
to teach in the 3 A Department in 1984," said Mrs. Chesson. "It was 
rather large at the time and Pat Hall served as departmental leader." 

Mr. Hall was a capable and dedicated teacher. 

In the fall of 1998, Mrs. Chesson served as tour guide for the 
Senior Adults on a trip to Texas, New Orleans and other stops. It was 
one of just many she has planned since those early days in the 1980's. 

During Mr. Hall's time of leadership, he started a departmental 
newsletter, "The Friendly Messenger." It's still being published 
today. 

Mr. Hall was editor of the publication until declining health 
forced him to turn over duties as editor to Angus Simpson. Mr. 
Simpson continued as editor and Mrs. Chesson served as typist. 

Later, Mrs. Chesson assumed responsibility for writing the 
newsletter after Mr. Simpson's eyesight began to fail. She did this 
until Tommy Weisner became editor. 

In October, 1985, Mrs. Chesson was elected president of Baptist 
Women, which included many of the older women of the church. 
There were various activities sponsored by WMU, which comprised 
all of the Senior Adults. 



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Day Trip 

Early in 1990 Mrs. Chesson began working closely with Jim 
Alley, who was the staff member for the Senior Adults at the time. A 
day trip for the Baptist Women's meeting was planned at Camp 
Carraway and Mundo Vista in October. 

Lunch at Camp Carraway and the meeting at Mundo Vista was in 
the room that had been dedicated to Mrs. Sara Parker. The Seniors 
also visited Seagrove Potteries. 

This was so successful that other day trips and monthly activities 
were planned for the Senior Adults. These included craft shows, lun- 
cheons, game days and other events. 

Day trips soon turned into overnight trips as well. In 1992 the 
Seniors took their first overnight trip to Edenton, N.C. In the begin- 
ning they expressed a desire to visit N.C. Baptist properties. Trips 
were taken to Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, the Baptist 
Retirement and Nursing Home in Winston-Salem and the Baptist 
State office in Raleigh. 

As time went on "The Friendly Travelers" wanted to go farther and 
greater distances. The first long trip (6 days) was to Branson, Mo. in 
1995. Since that time one extended trip a year is planned, with several 
day trips for those who are unable to stay away for lengthy periods. 
Shorter trips also are scheduled each year for two or three nights each. 

Under the leadership of Mr. Alley a very active Senior Adult 
Council was organized. Jean Armstrong served as the first chairper- 
son. This council was comprised of seven members with three being 
elected by the leadership committee of the church and four by the 
council. 

The council planned activities for the Senior Adults and imple- 
mented them. Mrs. Chesson, a member of the council, serves as tour 
coordinator. 

The council started monthly programs with guest speakers in the 
fall of 1993. In November, 1994, a craft show titled, "Works of Love 



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Craft Display," was held. In December the Seniors enjoyed a 
Christmas luncheon, and the first Valentine luncheon took place in 
February of 1995. These have become annual events. 

In the fall of 1995 Pastor Pat Cronin started a Wednesday morn- 
ing Prayer-Bible study for those who could not attend evening 
prayer services. 

The Senior Adult Council, working together with the church staff, 
WMU, Sunday School and other church departments, and with the 
wonderful help of Grace Overton have helped to create a very active 
program for Senior Adults. 

Audio- Visual 

As FABC has continued to grow during the decades of the 1980's 
and 1990's, so has the use of lighting and sound equipment to 
enhance worship services. 

Currently, the team of Herb Self, David Ruff, Jeff Winstead, Tom 
Perkinson, and Doug McLaughlin work closely with the music min- 
ister, Frank Justice, and Connie Hastings, music associate, to coordi- 
nate the sound and lighting needs of each worship service, musical, 
or dramatic production. 

Early in the 1980's a need for more equipment than just a micro- 
phone on the pastor and a few microphones for the choir and soloists 
was realized. Under the leadership of former Minister of Music, Rev. 
Jim Alley, more and more equipment began to be used. 

The Singing Christmas Tree production ushered in the need for 
many individuals to help with the sound and lighting. This was the 
beginning of the audio/visual ministry as we know it today. 

Dr. Marvin Gibson's visions for the church was to greatly 
improve sound equipment. His input led to the purchase of a new, 
state of the art sound system that exceeded $25,000 in value. In a 
manner of speaking, the church moved from a "Chevy" to a "BMW." 
Along with this sophisticated equipment came the need for technical 
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What a challenge. With God's help and a lot of work and patience 
the team has progressed in operating the sound system. Special 
recognition is due Vernon Chandler and Dale Sloan for their tireless 
commitment to excellence during this time in putting into use the 
new equipment God provided for FABC. 

Today, in 1999, under the leadership of Frank Justice, FABC has 
an even more sophisticated sound system. In the process of renovat- 
ing the Sanctuary the sound booth has been relocated in the balcony. 
Also added is a state of the art lighting system which greatly 
enhances worship services, music and drama productions. 

A wireless hearing impaired system has been another helpful 
addition. Hearing impaired members and guests can now enjoy wor- 
ship services to the full extent. 

An audio tape is made of each worship service, allowing shut-ins 
and others who cannot attend for whatever reason to have access to 
worship services. A recent purchase of a top-quality tape duplication 
system makes this job quick and easy. 

This tape duplication system also enables the staff to make 
rehearsal tapes for choirs and ensembles to practice in their homes 
and in their automobiles. 

The sound and lighting system and the dedicated team that runs it 
each week greatly improve the audio and visual aspects of worship. 
The staff is continually evaluating ways to improve training and 
equipment for the message of the Gospel of Christ to be clearly seen 
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Gifted Members 



Murals, Quilts, And A Picture 



What a gift of art God has blessed Gene and Pat Gentry with. 
They have shared their talent by decorating church bulletin boards 
each month for years. 

In the fall of 1998 they painted two beautiful murals on walls in 
the Children's Department of the Educational Building. 

One portrays Jesus being surrounded by little children as 
described in Luke 18: 15-17. 

The other scene depicts Noah's Ark, with all the animals sur- 
rounding it. Genesis 7. 

Gene didn't stop there. He sketched the silhouette, exclusively, for 
the cover of this church history. And he's probably got something else 
in mind already. Like additional murals in the Educational Building. 

The number of murals has now grown to 1 1 . Will there be more? 

Arts And Crafts 

In the summer of 1994, the Senior Adult Council of FABC asked 
Kitty Weisner to start a quilting class for Senior Adults. A beginner's 
quilting class was organized in September and the class decided to 
use the name "The Friendly Quilters" since most everyone was a 
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However, the class was open to anyone in the community who 
was interested in quilting. A total of twenty ladies came to the first 
class. Through the years there has been an average of 12 in atten- 
dance. The class meets every Monday afternoon for quilting, sharing 
and fellowship, from 2-4:00. It does not meet during summer months. 

Many people who come by to visit with the class don't under- 
stand quilting. They see class members cut up fabric, sew it back 
together and spend hours quilting it. What they do not realize is that 
these cut-up fabric pieces become beautiful quilts, crib quilts, wall- 
hangings, etc., noted Mrs. Weisner. 

A beautiful quilt was presented to the Parkers at their retirement. 

Since the class was begun, fifty quilts have been made. These 
quilts include full-size and crib quilts. They were made for daughters, 
sons, grandchildren and members themselves. Crib quilts were made 
and donated to the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center. Although the 
class was organized for quilt-making, members have made quilted 
wall-hangings, table runners and pillow tops. 

"Through the years, quilting stitches have bonded more than fab- 
ric and fluff. They have bonded people with Christian fellowship. 
Christmas time is special for the Friendly Quilters. The ladies plan a 
Quilters Christmas Luncheon. This is a fun time when members chat 
about experiences during the year and enjoy all the good food," Mrs. 
Weisner said. 

Quilt Show 

In the Spring of 1998, the class had its first Quilt Show and 25 
quilts were on display. Each quilt was a masterpiece in its own right, 
each a tribute to its maker. Also on display were quilted table runners, 
wall-hangings and pillows. It was a very special show. 

Some comments from ladies in the quilting class: 

"One member has proven to be a 'unique' quilter. She began a 
quilt in 1994 and as of 1998, the quilt is still in progress. Sometimes 
she brings the quilt to class and has actually been seen sewing a few 



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stitches. Other times, she comes to class but the quilt doesn't. It is sus- 
pected that she joined the quilting class to socialize. 

"For a beginner the whole project is overwhelming. You see all 
the beautiful quilts made by some of the other quitters and one feels 
totally inadequate. Occasionally after four years one can look back 
and think it was not so hard after all," said Mrs. Weisner. 

Patricia J. Keller said that "coming together to quilt can be thera- 
peutic for women dealing with the pressures of the late 20th century." 
This has been found to be very true. 

"When hfe gives you scraps, make quilts." 

Her Masterpiece 

Florine Willett, a long-time member of FABC before her death in 
1994, used her talented hands to create things of beauty. 

She was able to take thread, pieces of cloth and other material and 
produce hand-made items that would leave most of us wondering 
how she did it. 

That was her talent and Mrs. Willett did not hesitate to share it. 
The Lee County native developed some of her skills by handling 
alterations at department stores in Greensboro. 

Being a talented seamstress only challenged her to try many dif- 
ferent projects. She became a cross-stitch buff, did portraits in 
needlepoint, made quilts, rag dolls, bead ornamental baskets and 
Christmas ornaments. 

The list could go on and on. 

One day Mrs. Willett wanted to do something extra special for her 
church. The idea of a cross-stitch picture of Friendly Avenue Baptist 
Church wouldn't go away. 

She paid someone $150 to draw the graphic design. This lady also 
suggested which colors might blend in the best. Mrs. Willett was 
ready to go to work, to meet still another challenge. 



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Several weeks and untold hours later, she displayed her fin- 
ished picture, which measured 17 x 25 inches framed. Mrs. Willett 
then presented it to the church, where it hangs in the library today. 

She had crafted another masterpiece. 

Ceramics 

Mr. Robert Stewart and Mrs. Margie Watts started Ceramic class- 
es in the Westridge house that once stood nearby. 

Mrs. Dottie Ward took a two-year course in ceramics at G.T.I. 
before she began teaching ceramics at FABC. She was scared before 
lecturing to her first class.. 

Though she was afraid the people might ask her questions she 
wouldn't be able to answer she came through with "flying colors." 

Mrs. Ward had up to 20 in her classes. She taught on Tuesday 
night and Wednesday mornings. 

The most popular item made was the Christmas tree. One of her 
pupils she had would start a greenware, felt she couldn't continue and 
Mrs. Ward would have to take over. 

Another time a member was cleaning her greenware when the 
camel's long neck fell off. "Everybody got a good laugh," said Mrs. 
Ward. 

The oldest person to take ceramics at FABC was 90 years old. 

Mrs. Ward started teaching in 1977 and classes continued until 
1985. The church also offered painting classes. These were wonder- 
ful activities for the participants. 

Gifts 

In the 1980's Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Kirkman (Sylvia Spoon), wanting 
to do something special in memory of their mothers, gave handbells 
to the church. These added greatly to the music program. 



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Miss Nancy Tippett became so enchanted, she decided she would 
Uke to learn to play all the handbells, and she did. 

She has blessed so many people by playing throughout the state 
and on T.V. 

While some notable gifts are included elsewhere in this history, 
others need to be mentioned that have enhanced the legacy of FABC. 

Mrs. Tom Crutchfield provided funds for a Grand Piano and so 
did Robert Gentry, in addition to a silver service for the church par- 
lor. Still a third piano was donated by Bob Burchart. 

A sizable gift of nearly $100,000 was given by Mrs. Grace 
Boone, with the stipulation that only the interest be used ~ 50 percent 
for missions and 50 percent for the General Fund. 

Mr. B. C. Alley bestowed a sum of $20,000 in honor of his son 
Jim Alley, who was a former Music Director at FABC. 

In the 1960's four members of the Mims Family ~ John B. Sr., 
John B. Jr., Robert W. and James E. ~ gave sufficient money to com- 
pletely landscape the church property at FABC. This was in memory 
of Mrs. Dewey C. Mims. 

Mrs. Thelma Jones left approximately $137,000 to FABC in her 
estate. Seventy percent of the interest from this investment is being 
used in the mission field and the other for additional projects other 
than 10 percent reinvested in the principle. 

In February, 1999, A. W. Greeson gave his organ to the Church. 
He had enjoyed playing it at home for several years, before health 
problems forced him to enter a nursing home. 

It was a rather large organ that nearly filled half the space in his 
living room and it didn't take much encouragement for him to play it 
for friends. 



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Often Overlooked 

What would a Baptist church, or any church, be without its ush- 
ers? Those men who show up at every service, rain or shine, warm or 
cold. 

Friendly Avenue has been richly rewarded with some of the most 
dedicated ushers you could find. 

They greet you with a smile, a friendly welcome and comforting 
handshake. Remember Robert Gentry who seldom, if ever, missed a 
morning or evening service. No one can remember how many years 
he served, and Mr. Gentry was still "passing the plate" until only a 
few weeks before his death at age 92. 

Earl Bullock served just as long, and both filled the role of "cap- 
tains." Each always had a ready smile. And there was John Henry 
Moore who never saw a stranger. 

Following them as "Captain of the Crew" is Warren Wrenn, and 
he assumed the added responsibility of brewing several pots of cof- 
fee for many to enjoy on those cold mornings. 

"I don't know how I got talked into that," said Wrenn. He began 
his 15th year of ushering in 1998. 

The 'Handy' Men 

Not even a reconstructed knee prevents Doug Mims from crawl- 
ing in out-of-the-way places that most of us would not want to ven- 
ture into. 

He's the unofficial "phone man" at FABC. 

"When the telephone rings I usually try to help in anyway possi- 
ble," said Mims, who learned his trade during a long career at 
Southern Bell. 

Occasionally, it might be Pastor Pat calling, or Minister of 
Education Jack Morris. They want another telephone connection 
installed somewhere. 



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"There are two jacks in the pulpit area," said Mims, who recalled 
that a minister at another church used a similar hook-up to find out 
names of well-dressed visitors the pastor didn't recognize. 

Mims has installed five hues at FABC, which are capable of han- 
dling 12 or more telephones. Once, somebody's telephone went dead 
for no apparent reason until Mims discovered that the maintenance 
man had cut a line he didn't think was being used any more. 

"I just ran a new line to replace it," said Mims. 

Once, in the 1980s, Mims recalled being in the church when a 
plumber fell through a ceiling and hit the floor. 

"The man wasn't hurt except maybe for a bruise or two but he 
threatened to sue the church. He didn't." 

There are times when Mims comes to the rescue of disabled peo- 
ple in need — older members requiring what is called a "Life Line." It 
takes him about one hour to hook-up the device that enables a person 
to just push a button to call for help if needed. 

"Occasionally, it takes me more time to locate the house than 
completing the job," said Mims. "I'm not a very good driver finding 
new places." 

One cold Sunday morning in the early 1990s, Mims went to 
church and discovered there was no power and water gushing down 
two walls in a classroom. 

"Water was going everywhere and nobody knew where the cut- 
off valve was. Temperature was down to zero and with no power the 
pipes had frozen and burst. An accident on Westridge had knocked 
out power in the area. 

"Four or five men found brooms and swept out as much of the 
water as possible," Mims said, "and finally someone came who knew 
where to cut off the water." Insurance coverage took care of most of 
the damage. 



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The "Wall" Gang 

While Mims keeps the telephones ringing, other men fill the role 
of 'sheetrock hangers' by instaUing walls to divide some of the large 
classrooms. The result has been the addition of some 10 rooms alto- 
gether. 

These men first install framing for the sheetrock, and then the 
heavy stuff is expertly nailed. Once the seams and nails are covered, 
the job awaits the touch of Al Dew's paint brush and roller. 

Somebody once accused Dew of sleeping at church after seeing 
him walking around with a bucket of paint and brush so frequently. 
His official dress: bermuda shorts, old T-shirt and well-worn shoes. 

There are not many rooms he hasn't spent time in. 

Who are the "Wall Gang" members? No one admits to being fore- 
man of the crew, which includes Herb Smith, Doug Watts, Bob Ryon, 
Dinks Thompson, Newling Richey and Harold Tippett. 

Not all show up all the time but they get the job done. Tippett, 
who supervised the construction of the Educational Building, is the 
oldest member of the crew at 76 years old. He's been a member of 
FABG 34 of those years. 

The Painter 

After retiring in 1992, Dew asked former staff member Wayne 
Reich if there was any painting job he (Al) could help with. "I think 
it took Wayne about two weeks for the shock to wear off," recalled 
Dew. 

"I'm not a professional but I try to do a neat job. Just call me a 
volunteer, and I'm available any day during the week but on 
Wednesdays and Thursdays. They are my tennis days." 

Usually, Dew works by himself. But when there are big jobs that 
need to be completed quickly, he calls for help. 

"We have a small group willing to come in at various times," said 
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Dew, and he mentioned Bob Reid, Stan Hankins, Mims, Ray Lows, 
Wallace Fields, Fred Mounce and Bob Hutton. 

Dew laughed when adding, "We give Lows the job where he 
always has to get on his stomach to paint, like doing cabinets. But Ray 
will arrive early occasionally to avoid that assignment," Dew said. 

Tommy and Austin 

Several years ago 'Senior Citizen' Tommy Weisner was asked if 
he would edit the Friendly Messenger, a bi-monthly publication at 
FABC. It is primarily for the older members. 

One of those approaching him was Austin Lovin who died in 
February, 1999. 

"I was hesitant but accepted the job," said Weisner. "And I was 
delighted that Austin wrote an article called "Lovin's Lines" for many 
of the newsletters. 

They were well written, typed and enjoyable to read. Austin was 
sharp, with a keen wit, and he had the ability to deliver meaningful 
messages in print." 

Continuing, Weisner had this to say about Austin, "Until the 
move to the West Wing of the church, he was Outreach Leader for 
Adult 3A and an active Sunday School teacher. 

In fact, Austin was active in just about everything at one time or 
another even after age began to creep up on him. On several occa- 
sions he wrote of his visits to see his son, Dennis, and on the day of 
his funeral, I passed on two of these articles to Dennis to reiterate 
what Dennis already knew - how much he was loved by his Daddy. 

It was mutual. The last article that Austin wrote for us was last 
summer, 1998, and this was entitled "Austin Gets To Preach." He told 
of his being asked to preach at a church in Hamlet. He was truly 
delighted at that. 

Austin has two sisters that he loved and they loved him - Lucille 
Causey and Mabel Hall." 

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Old and Older 

It's been awhile since Bessie Mobley taught in Sunday School but 
there's a reason. She's 96 years old and the OLDEST member at 
Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. 

She grew up in the Georgia countryside, never tired of eating cream 
potatoes and steak, and remembers a starting week's pay of only seven 
dollars. That was raised to twelve dollars as a salesperson in a depart- 
ment store. 

"I never thought I would get this old," said Mrs. Mobley, who 
looked forward to attending her first service in the renovated sanctuary 
in 1999. 

After living in both Georgia and South Carolina, she and her late 
husband, W. H. Mobley, moved back to Greensboro in the late 1970's. 
They had first hved here in the 1930's. 

What brought them to FABC? Their son Bill who's been a member 
for years. And Mama Mobley still enjoys potatoes and steak. 

Sharing "OLD" honors with Mrs. Mobley is Mrs. Sarah Osborne, 
who has belonged to the church longer than any other hving member. 

Her membership dates back to the early 1900's or some 86 years. 
"I never dreamed this church would grow this much," said Mrs. 
Osborne. "But I'm just as proud as punch of that httle old wooden 
building where it all started. 

"It was located in Hanner's Alley, just behind where the future 
ASBC would be built. Gosh, that seems like such a short time ago. 

"You know I feel more like 59 than what I really am (96)," she said, 
laughing. "I'm not sick but a broken hip put me in a wheelchair for 
awhile." 

Only three months separate the two in age, with Mrs. Mobley the 
oldest. Mrs. Osborne remembers the days when some members arrived 
at church in a buggy pulled by a horse. 



"There were not many cars then and fewer roads," she recalled. 
Mrs. Osborne was baptized at about 13 or 14 years old and remembers 
a lady in the choir who couldn't sing. 

"She just couldn't sing," said Mrs. Osborne. As for "Preacher Pat," 
"he is nice but different." 

That Old Bell 

What better way to celebrate than the sound of a bell, and the one 
at FABC could be heard every Sunday morning early in 1999. 

Not in over 30 years had the sweet sounds of music been res- 
onating from the steeple at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church until the 
big celebration of 100 years in May, 1999. 

For members, who once attended ASBC, it brought back old 
memories. It's the same bell that once called people to worship on 
Asheboro Street. 

Clara Mae Hines, in her 80's, recalled that her father, Thomas M. 
Hines, played a major role in installing the bell at ASBC in the early 
1900's... and now that bell rings at FABC. 

The Celebration 

Members asked and Rev. Jack Morris responded by providing the 
answers why the church needed $15,000 to fund the 100-year cele- 
bration. 

"That was an estimated figure," said Rev. Morris. "We were not 
able to determine the exact costs and some, if not all, of the expenses 
were expected to be covered by offerings during the special events." 

Estimated costs included the following sums: Reception and 
Sunday Picnic $5,500; Speaker and Special Guests $3,500; Children 
and Youth $3,000; Breakfast and Brunch $12,000; Miscellaneous 
$1,000. 



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Security System 

Because of the continued rise in insurance costs, the renovation 
of faciUties, and the increase in crime, it became necessary to make 
the main office. Media Center and Worship Center more secure in 
1999. These areas are now protected by an automatic alarm system 
anytime they are not in use. 

If you must enter these areas, please contact the office for a code 
or assistance. If the doors are opened without this being done, the 
police and fire departments will automatically be notified and FABC 
will be fined for a false alarm. FABC really doesn't like to take this 
step but it found it absolutely necessary. 



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Mike's Testimony 



A Powerful Message For Everyone 



"On January 23, 1972, the world in which I had been con- 
structing violently ended. A man who had been drinking crossed 
the middle line on Merrit Drive, driving his truck into my sports 
car. The world I had been living in virtually collapsed. 

I was not able to return to teaching at Greensboro Day School 
again. My quest for a black belt in karate ended. For the next ten 
weeks, I slept as my body muscles lost their usefulness. Pain 
became my constant partner. 

After ten weeks, the neurosurgeon said that he had done all he 
could for me. He suggested that I be placed in a nursing facility. 
Fortunately, my father contacted Dr. A. L. Parker instead and asked 
if James 5:13-16 could be used in this situation. 

On Easter Friday, Dr. and Mrs. Parker, several Deacons and my 
parents surrounded my bed and my head was anointed with oil. 
The prayer of faith was offered in my behalf. 

As I looked down, I thought they were burying me. As I 
ascended, arms were reaching out for me. In an instant, I was in the 
presence of the Lord. His glorious light engulfed me and He wel- 
comed me. There was no more pain at the time -just peace. 

The next thing I remembered, I was in a banquet room, sur- 

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rounded by people. I could not stay. Others had to be told about 
God's loving forgiveness, and I woke up. 

As I stumbled into the hospital hall, people hurried to me, very 
excited. Life had started for me again on earth. Pain would visit me 
once more, and I would have to relearn how to do everything. At 
first, I was overcomed with fear. I would not attempt to walk with 
the aid of bars. 

When I was returned to my room, I remembered my purpose, 
and I made a covenant with God - If He would allow me to leave 
the hospital, I would share what He had done for me with anyone 
He would bring me into contact with. At the next chance to walk 
with bars, they had to tell me to stop. 

For 27 years,, I have kept that covenant with God. He has 
become my friend as well as my Saviour. He has walked with me 
through subsequent surgeries, dealing with daily arthritic pain, and 
in dealing with my daughter's migraines. 

God has been there when Gayl learned of her breast cancer, and 
when we thanked Him for healing her of this disease. He has given 
me everything I have needed; not everything I have asked for. 

In closing. He will do the same for every individual at 
Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. You need only to ask Him to 
come into your life. He does not promise a worry-free life on this 
earth. But He will prepare a place, where you and everyone who 
calls Him Lord will live forever in His glory and peace." 

>- Mike Pearman 



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1999/2000 ADOPTED BUDGET 
FRIENDLY AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH 

Budget 98/99 Adopted 1999/2000 



MISSIONS 






Cooperative Program— 15% 


123,774 


132,750 


Piedmont Association — 2% 


16,503 


17,700 


Missionary In Residence 


500 


500 


TOTAL MISSIONS 


140,777 


150,950 


PERSONNEL 






Base Salaries, Housing & Auto 


362,052 


375,522 


Staff Retirement 


31,877 


32,689 


Staff PICA 


12,388 


14,979 


Staff Insurance 


32,297 


31,180 


Staff Conference 


7,500 


8,000 


Nursery Workers 


9,000 


8,000 


Temporary Office Help 


5,500 





Bonus Pool 


3,000 


2,000 


Miscellaneous 


200 


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TOTAL PERSONNEL 


463,814 


472,562 


PROGRAMS 






Sunday School 


13,150 


16,200 


Discipleship Training 


2,400 


1,600 


Baptist Men 





3,580 


Baptist Women 


2,150 


2,450 


Music Ministry 


13,365 


19,792 


Senior Adult Ministry 


1,200 


1,200 


Singles Ministry 


5,290 


5,290 


College Ministry 


730 


1,300 


Youth Ministry 


11,450 


13,700 


Children's Ministry 


7,625 


6,000 


Food Services 


11,020 


11,020 


Revival Emphasis 


3,000 


3,000 


Outreach Ministry 


5,040 


5,040 


Historical Committee 




2,000 


Centennial Celebration 




15,000 


Miscellaneous 


7,000 


2,200 


TOTAL PROGRAMS 


83,420 


109,372 



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Budget 98/99 


SUPPORT SERVICES 




Offering Envelope Service, Postage 


8,500 


Office Supplies 


12,000 


Media Center/Library 


1,170 


Audio Visuals 


1,000 


Taping Ministry 


600 


Recreation 


625 


Transportation 


6,855 


Flowers 


1,000 


Pulpit Supply 


700 


Stewardship Promotion 


1,300 



Adopted 1999/2000 



10,000 

12,300 

1,155 

1,250 

600 

1,150 

5,340 

1,000 

700 

1,300 

TOTAL SUPPORT SERVICES 33,750 34,795 



5,002 

25,408 

17,340 

17,812 

10,080 

1,800 

16,500 

46,500 

10,000 

4,940 

1,200 

9,864 

4,800 

42,800 

TOTAL FACILITIES 202,718 214,046 

GRAND TOTAL FOR BUDGET 924,479 981,725 

WEEKLY BUDGET NEEDS 15,864 

17,019 
PROJECTED RECEIPTS 

Tithes & Offerings '" 824,908 885,000 

WDLC Reimbursements 50,000 32,500 

Rental Income 21,120 16,425 

International Ministries 23,451 - 25,000 

Interest Income 5,000 .\ 8,388 

Historical Committee , 2,000 

Centennial Offering ^ 12,412 

TOTAL RECEIPTS 924,479 981,725 

NOTE: This budget, put together under the direction of John Simms, was approved intact by members 
of FABC. It is the largest one ever adopted through the Church's first 100 Years. While no 
records are available, it's unlikely a budget in the first few years ever exceeded or reached 
$3,000. 

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FACILITIES 




Office Equipment Maintenance 


3,200 


Building Repairs, Maintenance 


27,952 


Insurance 


16,514 


Custodial Supplies 


16,216 


Yards, Grounds Maintenance 


9,330 


Church Dwellings 


1,800 


Heat 


13,185 


Electricity 


43,400 


Telephones 


10,800 


Water 


4,320 


Bank Charges 


1,200 


Gallimore Loan Repayment 


14,798 


Riso Copier Payment 


4,003 


Capital Expenditures 


36,000 



FRIENDLY AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH 
COMMITTEES 1999-2000-2001 



AUDIO-VISUAL 

MORGAN, J.P. 
PERKINSON, TOM 
RUFF, DAVID 
SELF, HERB 
WINSTEAD, JEFF 

BAPTISMAL 

EATMAN, BOB 
EATMAN, DEBRA 
HARTGROVE, GENEVA 
HARTGROVE, TOM 
LUCK, RICK 
LUCK, BECKY 



FINANCE 

JARMAN, DAVID 
JOHNSON, JAKE 
McBRAYER, PHIL 

sloan, dale 
stafford, glenn 
nethery, tim 
Mclaughlin, doug 
tilley, jeff 
bird well, jim 
dennison, jerry 
mclean, patti 

RYON, BOB 
WATTS, DOUG 



BUILDING & GROUNDS 

BARBEL, JIM 
FUQUA, TOM 
HANKINS, STAN 
ROBINSON, HARRY 
HENDERSON, AUBREY 
BUSTIN, BO 
JOHNSON, TOM 
WALKER, KEVIN 
KOSSOVER, STU 
MACKAY, BRENT 
MOUNCE, FRED 

BY-LAWS 

DELONEY, MATTIE 
GENTRY, GENE 
THOMPSON, HENRY 

CHILDRENS MINISTRY COUNCIL 

FILLED BY SS DEPT 

DEACON NOMINATING 

HAYNES,AMY 
JOHNSON, JUDY 



FLOWER 

self, mary 
sigmund, kathy 
vernon, anne 

historical 

cheek, alex 
cheek, lois 
durham, john 
lovin, austin 
northington, hazel 
northington, tom 
parker, sara 
richly, newling 
walker, don 

hospitality 

davis, brandi 
davis, jim 
legrone, laurie 
jarman, michelle 
robinson, michelle 
McLaughlin, lisa 
duncan, deeann 
moore, lanny 
morris, lina 



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LEADERSHIP 

MCGEE, BARBARA 
ROSS, HAROLD 
SIMMONS, JERRY 
AHRENS, TERESA 
SLOAN, MARTHA 
HICKS, KATHY 
CREWS, JIMMY 
MACKAY, SANDI 
WILLIAMS, ANNE 

LOVE FUND 

JOHNSON, SHELBY 
MOORE, RAMONA 
WEEKS, DELANE 
THOMPSON, HARRIET 
WEISNER, KITTY 

MISSIONARY-IN- 
RESIDENCE 

JAMES, AUSTIN 
JAMES, CAROLYN 
RICHLY, SARA 
LEONARD, KAY 
CRONIN, BRENDA 
JUSTICE, RITA 

MISSIONS 

HILL, RON 
MIDDLETON, JEFF 
LANE, CHUCK 
BIRD WELL, BETTY 
BELL, PEARL 
WATTS, MARGIE 

MUSIC 

GOODYEAR, BETHA 
STARNES, BECKY 
HAYNES, DAVID 
RICHARDSON, MARTY 
SPACH, LYNNE 
WINSTEAD, LYNN 



PERSONNEL 

CHURCH, GARY 
DELONEY, THURMON 
LEGRONE, STEPHEN 
NETHERY, JANA 
LANE, PAMELA 
MCLEAN, MAC 

RECREATION 

JOHNSON, MIKE 
JOHNSON, TAMMY 
PENNINGTON, TAMMY 
SULLIVAN, JENNIFER 

SENIOR ADULT 
COUNCIL 

STAFFORD, GLENDA 
YARBER, RUBY 
HENDERSON, PAT 
SMITH, BETTY 
CHESSON, DOLLY 
SEXTON, IVOR 
WEISNER, TOMMY 

SINGLES 

FORE, MELBA 
MULLINS, DORIS 
WHITMIRE, SHIELA 

STEWARDSHIP 
DEVELOPMENT 

SIMMS, JOHN 

TRANSPORTATION 

BIGELOW, JOHN 
LEVERETTE, BILL 
SPENCE, JASON 
RICHLY, NEWLING 
HUMBLE, GENE 
STARLING, LEO 

TREASURER 

HUTTS, PETE 



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TRUSTEES 

ALLEN, ROY 
WILLIAMS, BILL 
HAYES, GEORGE 
HICKS, JIM 
FORTSON, BILL 
TEAGUE, JOHN 



MODERATOR 

CHUCK MOY 



Ushers 

GATES, HURLEY ^ 
CECCHINI, LARRY 
DELONEY, THURMON 
FUQUA, TOM 
HAYES, GEORGE 
HONEYCUTT, RD. 
LEDERETTE, BILL 
LEONARD, GARY 
MACKAY, BRENT 
MANESS, HUGH 
NORTHINGTON, TOM 
REDMON, LEO 
RYON, BOB 
SIMMONS, JERRY 
THOMPSON, DINKS 
TILLEY, JEFF 
WAGNER, DILLARD 
WALKER, DON 
WINSTEAD, ART 
WRENN, WARREN 

WDLC 

CECCHINI, LARRY 
LEVERETTE, KIM 
WALKER, SUE 
BAINBRIDGE, RACHEL 
FUQUA, JEAN 
DENNISON, NANCY 
WORKMAN, LINDA 
GLIDEWELL, MARY 
JENNINGS, JIM 

YOUTH COUNCIL 

KONTOULAS, BETH 
PIPPIN, KIM 
WHITE, MARTHETTA 



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